Nicolo Schira, the journalist who famously broke the news of Sebastien Haller’s move to the London Stadium in the summer, has claimed that West Ham have asked to sign Inter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini on loan this month.
The Hammers are clearly keen to strengthen their central midfield options this month.
They have been linked with a plethora of players already.
Gedson Fernandes was an alleged target, but it now seems as though he is heading to Tottenham (Sky Sports).
Meanwhile, £8 million-rated Joe Allen remains a target for West Ham (The Express).
Genk ace Sander Berge has also been linked with a move to the Hammers (The Daily Mail).
It seems as though the east London outfit are casting their net even further afield, however.
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed on Twitter that West Ham have enquired about the possibility of taking Inter Milan ace Roberto Gagliardini on loan this month:
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 12, 2020
Just what the Hammers need
Now, despite Schira’s claim that Inter do not want to sell the six-capped Italy international, Sempre Inter suggests that the Serie A giants would be willing to do business for around €20 million (£17 million).
And if West Ham could get their hands on Gagliardini for that kind of fee, it would surely have to be considered as a very good business for them.
The 25-year-old is a classic box-to-box midfielder – just the type of player the Hammers need.
He is strong in possession, energetic, has bags of stamina and is a very hard worker.
The Inter ace would undoubtedly strengthen West Ham’s engine room, and the east Londoners must do all that they can to convince the Italian giants into allowing him to leave the San Siro.