With Claudio Marchisio available on a free transfer, signing the Italian would be a no-brainer for West Ham.

The Hammers kicked off their Premier League campaign in woeful fashion on Saturday, losing 5-0 to Manchester City at the London Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of technically gifted players amongst his ranks, but against City, their lack of leadership and character stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Claudio Marchisio (Photo by Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Mark Noble was not in the team of course, and it showed just how much they need their captain.

And with this in mind, a move for Marchisio on a free seems to make perfect sense.

The 33-year-old central midfielder is as experienced as they come. And his winning mentality would undoubtedly be a real asset for West Ham.

 

The 55-capped Italy international can play in the deep-lying midfield role, in an orthodox central role, or even as an auxiliary number 10.

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

Marchisio possesses all of the attributes that the Hammers currently lack, especially when Noble is absent from the starting XI.

He is cool and composed when in possession, has excellent vision, and is a real leader on the pitch.

The only red flag for West Ham will be that the Italian has only just recovered from knee surgery.

Marchisio’s availability on a free transfer makes him well worth the risk for the Hammers, however.

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