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5 goals & 3 assists, West Ham scouting post-Payet transfer option

West Ham fans love a silky attacking player, so the loss of Dimitri Payet hit particularly hard over the winter, with a few Transfer Tavern regulars still not over the Frenchman’s exit.

Although Robert Snodgrass was signed in the same window as the 29-year-old departed for Marseille, there’s a feeling the club have not truly attempted to replace him, which makes reports from TuttoMercatoWeb that they are interested in Bologna’s Simone Verdi all the more interesting.

It’s understood that the former AC Milan youngster, who made his Rossoneri debut at the age of 17, was scouted by the Hammers on the weekend as his side beat Chievo 4-1, with his goal and assist taking his tallies this season to five and three respectively in 22 games.

Although he may not be at the same level as Payet right now, Verdi is known for his technical prowess and can line up on either flank or as a ‘No.10’, hinting that he could replace the departed Irons talisman long-term.

Simone Verdi would be a wise summer addition for West ham – agree?

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