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Marchisio a much better option than Sturaro for West Ham’s midfield

Marchisio a much better option than Sturaro for West Ham’s midfield

West Ham have been one of the most active teams in this transfer window, and the Hammers could yet step up their recruitment drive before the market closes next month.

The agent of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro has confirmed West Ham and a host of other clubs — including fellow Premier League outfit Leicester City — have made offers for his client (via Gazzetta dello Sport).

The Breakdown

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has already added Jack Wilshere to his squad for the upcoming season, but the former Manchester City boss still does not seem entirely convinced with his current midfield options.

Competition for Sturaro, however, is fierce and if West Ham cannot lure the Italian to the London Stadium, then they should target one of his team-mates instead.

Given the arrival of Emre Can and the midfielders Juventus already possess, game time may be hard to come by for Claudio Marchisio — a player who would add much quality to West Ham in the middle of the park.

£6.3m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Marchisio is one of the hardest working midfielders in world football and, having been at Juventus for practically his whole career, a challenge elsewhere may be tempting.

At 32, Marchisio would be a short-term solution for West Ham, while recent injury problems may concern some Hammers supporters.

But the Italy international is the type of midfielder who would add both energy and genuine quality to West Ham’s midfield and get Pellegrini’s team going.

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