According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, alleged West Ham target Hirving Lozano will not be sold for anything less than €50 million (£45 million) this summer. It has been claimed that Everton and Newcastle are also in the race to sign the Mexican.
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Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this summer. Especially with Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko facing uncertain futures with the club (Claret and Hugh).
And Lozano would be a brilliant addition for West Ham.
But Corriere dello Sport’s claim that Napoli won’t sell him for anything less than £45 million will be a big blow to the Hammers.
We clearly won’t be able to afford that kind of fee, given the current circumstances.
Who knows, however? Should the Hammers avoid relegation, and shift some deadwood at the end of the season, they might just be able to push the boat out for Lozano.
He hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons with Napoli, since making his £36 million move from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
The 24-year-old has racked up just three goals and two assists in 25 outings so far this season (Transfermarkt).
Lozano has real talent, however. And the stats he recorded during with PSV prove exactly that.
The Mexico international racked up 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit (Transfermarkt).
It could be argued that £45 million actually represents decent value for a player with the 24-year-old’s quality.
But that might just be too rich for West Ham’s blood.
And with Everton and Newcastle also thought to be in the race for Lozano’s signature, it might just be mission impossible for the Hammers.