Read the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup news here.

Manager likens West Ham target Hirving Lozano to Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Neymar
Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Manager likens West Ham target Hirving Lozano to Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Neymar

Atletico Nacional manager and former Colombia international Juan Carlos Osorio has compared alleged West Ham target Hirving Lozano to Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Neymar.

Click HERE to read also: ‘Moyes will defo sign him’: Some Hammers fans think 27-year-old star is West Ham bound

According to a report from Italian publication Area Napoli, the Hammers want to sign the Napoli ace this summer.

Lozano will not be sold for anything less than €50 million (£45 million), however, according to a report from Corriere dello Sport.

West Ham might struggle to pay that kind of fee, given the financial impact of the ongoing global health crisis.

Hirving Lozano (Photo by SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images)

But if David Moyes can get rid of some of the deadwood currently present at the London Stadium, and the Hammers manage to retain their Premier League status, then it could still be possible.

And what a signing Lozano could be for West Ham.

Admittedly, the 24-year-old has struggled with Napoli this season.

Undoubted talent

He has racked up just three goals and two assists in 25 outings so far this season (Transfermarkt).

But he still possesses incredible talent. His time with PSV Eindhoven is evidence of this, with 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 appearances to his name for the Eredivisie outfit (Transfermarkt).

And if that’s not enough, Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio has just compared Lozano to the likes of Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Neymar, as quoted by XEU DEPORTES:

Juan Carlos c (Photo by Daniel Garzon Herazo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Now, soccer needs dribblers such as Eden Hazard, Messi, Neymar, Williams, Carlos Vela in Mexico, Hirving Lozano and there are not many in the world, there are not.” 

Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest player of all-time. Hazard and Neymar, meanwhile, are amongst the 10 best players currently active. So being compared to those three is a very big deal.

West Ham obviously have their work cut-out to sign the Mexico international.

Everton and Newcastle also thought to be in the race for Lozano’s signature (Corriere dello Sport).

But if the Hammers show some ambition, they should be capable of at least trying to tempt the 24-year-old into a move to east London.

And judging by Osorio’s comments, that should be something that gets the West Ham fans very excited indeed.