West Ham United could be in a position to take their quest of making a surge up the Premier League table to the next level, if they manage to capitalise on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ failed attempt to sign Napoli’s Amadou Diawara.
Nuno Espirito Santo was confident of landing the 21-year-old midfielder, but according to Italian Newspaper, La Nazione, via Sport Witness, Diawara rejected the offer to move to the Molineux Stadium to remain in Serie A.
But his future at Napoli remains uncertain, though, and the report indicates that the club is looking to sell him with Fiorentina a possible destination for Diawara.
Fiorentina, however, are only interested in signing him on loan, which could complicate a possible transfer.
This has left the door open for West Ham’s administration to boost Manuel Pellegrini’s chances of taking the Hammers to a possible Europa League spot.
West Ham currently sit tenth in the league but appear to be getting some sort of momentum going after a relatively poor start to the season.
With Pellegrini still trying to figure out his best midfield combination, the addition of Diawara could be a major help, especially if he plays next to Declan Rice.
The pair would form a solid and stable defensive unit in the centre of the pitch, while the Guinean is more than capable of playing a bit more attacking as well.
The East London club, though, should move for him as soon as possible, especially after he rejected Wolves, in order to land him before the January transfer market closes.
West Ham have started to claw back a good reputation in recent transfer windows and the club’s owners have shown to be more than willing to provide Pellegrini with the financial backing he needs.
Despite some inconsistency in recent months, for the manager, it would be extremely important to finish the season on a high and continue to show improvement.
The signing of Diawara would drastically increase the odds of that happening.