West Ham United are currently in talks with the agent of Roma forward Nicolo Zaniolo, according to reports.
The Lowdown: West Ham making moves…
The Hammers have been making moves so far in this transfer window, having already completed the signing of Danny Ings from Aston Villa, with the striker making his Irons debut against Everton on Saturday.
Ings’ arrival at the London Stadium was swiftly followed by Craig Dawson’s departure to Wolves this morning, and going by recent reports, West Ham supporters can expect David Moyes and co to be even busier before the 31 January deadline.
The Latest: West Ham in Zaniolo agent talks…
According to French football journalist Santi Aouna via Twitter, the east Londoners are apparently locked in talks with the agent of Zaniolo.
Roma apparently value their man at around €30m (£26m) including bonuses, with the 23-year-old having also been offered to Paris-Saint Germain with no response. It’s added that no official offer has been made for Zaniolo as of yet.
The Verdict: Keep pushing?
Despite a questionable injury record, we believe that the Italy international could well do a job for West Ham under Moyes if he stays fit, so they should continue to push for his signature.
The 23-year-old attracted more fouls per 90 and completed more successful take-ons than any of his Roma team-mates in Serie A last term, and his age indicates that he could come in as both a long-term acquisition and one who could provide instant quality.
Zaniolo’s versatility is also a plus point, given he is able to play as both a central and wide attacking midfielder, as well as further forward.
Hailed as a ‘really versatile‘ player by sections of the media, the 6 foot 3 attacker also once attracted interest from current Champions League holders Real Madrid, according to past reports in the Italian press.