A player who helped lay the foundations for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid dynasty is wanted by West Ham United.
Manuel Pellegrini is being linked with another move for a Brazilian, this time Inter Milan’s Miranda.
West Ham broke their club record with the £42.5 million signing of Brazilian star Felipe Anderson in the summer.
Miranda wants out at Inter – report
And according to the Corriere dello Sport West Ham now want Anderson’s veteran compatriot Miranda.
The 34-year-old is best known for being a trusted lieutenant of Diego Simeone during the most successful years of his Atletico dynasty.
Pellegrini had front row seats to watch Miranda at Atletico during his time as Malaga manager.
So good was Miranda Inter Milan came calling with a big money move.
Miranda has been a key player at the San Siro until this season when he has slipped down the pecking order.
Ageing star could be just what Pellegrini needs
Corriere dello Sport claims the player wants to leave and West Ham lead the chase ahead of Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma.
While he may be winding down on his illustrious career for club and country Miranda could still be quite a coup for the Hammers.
Miranda could be an influential mentor for brilliant young centre back Issa Diop.
He would also provide experienced competition and back-up alongside Diop and can also operate in a holding midfield role.
The likes of Diego Godin and John Terry have proved age is nothing but a number if you have the quality at centre back.
Loan with option most likely
The report claims Inter want around £16 million for Miranda.
But with his contract up next year that seems unlikely.
If West Ham do press ahead with their interest a loan with the option to buy seems more likely.
Miranda is not the only Inter fringe player West Ham have been linked with this window.
Gabriel Barbosa and Antonio Candreva have also targets according to various reports.