According to a report from Centotrentuno, West Ham are still chasing Cagliari ace Nahitan Nandez.
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The Hammers were reportedly keen on signing the Uruguayan in January. Tutto Mercato Web claimed towards the end of the window that the east London outfit actually lodged a loan with an option to buy for €40 million (£34 million) bid for the 24-year-old.
That move obviously failed to materialise, however.
And with the financial problems caused by the ongoing global health crisis, many expect West Ham boss David Moyes to have limited funds at his disposal this summer.
Centotrentuno claims that the Hammers are still interested in signing Nahitan Nandez, however. That is despite his £34 million release clause.
It is claimed that that price could drop, however.
At 5ft 7in tall, the Uruguay international isn’t the biggest. But he is tenacious in the tackle and quintessentially South American in the way that he approaches the game.
In 23 Serie A outings for Cagliari this season, the 24-year-old has racked up one goal and three assists. He has also averaged 1.7 tackles and 0.5 interceptions per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
Nandez is also an accomplished passer of the football. In 23 league games, he has averaged 28.8 passes per match with an impressive completion rate of 78.9% (Who Scored).
£34 million would obviously be on the expensive side for someone who is totally unproven in the Premier League.
And West Ham clearly won’t be spending that kind of cash on one player this summer.
If the Hammers can negotiate that fee down nearer to the £20 million mark, however, Nandez might just be a real coup for them.
Even if Moyes manages to sign Tomas Soucek permanently this summer, he needs to be looking at more central midfield reinforcements.
And the Uruguayan could be the perfect addition – but only for the right price.