West Ham have now submitted a bid for Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to a report from Calcio Mercato.

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Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to sign an established centre-back this summer.

And following David Sullivan’s car crash talkSPORT interview today, it seems as though West Ham’s James Tarkowski chase is all but dead in the water.

Well-renowned Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed yesterday that the Hammers were eyeing a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani as an alternative to the Burnley centre-back.

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Daniele Rugani (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

And Calcio Mercato now suggest that the east London outfit have actually submitted a bid for the 26-year-old Italian.

The Juventus ace would be a very useful option for us. And at £23 million (Tutto Juve), he would be far greater value for money than Tarkowski would be.

 

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Rugani made just 10 Serie A appearances for Juventus last season. In those outings, he averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game. The 26-year-old also won an average of 3.2 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

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Daniele Rugani (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the seven-capped Italy international is very aerially dominant.

Rugani is a great reader of the game, and although he isn’t the quickest, his anticipation and positioning more than makes up for his lack of pace.

£23 million would be an absolute steal for the Juventus ace.

West Ham shouldn’t hesitate to bring him to the London Stadium. And judging by Calcio Mercato’s report, we seem to be ready to make it happen.

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