West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini was reportedly in Northern Ireland at the weekend to watch their UEFA Nations League clash with Austria.

This is Futbol reports that Sky Sports pundit Steve Lomas revealed Pellegrini was in the crowd.

And while the ex-West Ham midfielder believed Pellegrini may have been checking up on Marko Arnautovic or scouting right-back Stefan Lainer, could he now have Valentino Lazaro on his radar?

Lazaro had an impressive game for the visitors and he fits the bill as West Ham chase an attacking midfielder.

Attacking midfield issues

West Ham are light in this department, due to the long-term injury suffered by Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Ukraine winger is set to miss the rest of the season, leaving Pellegrini with limited options.

Grady Diangana, an academy product, has stepped up well. But the back-up options are weak with Lucas Perez and Michail Antonio failing to impress.

With Manuel Lanzini also out injured, West Ham lack that creative spark in attacking midfield.

And this could be something Pellegrini looks to address in the January transfer window.


Who is Valentino Lazaro?

Valentino Lazaro plays for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lazaro is a versatile attacking midfielder currently playing for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

The 22-year-old has already scored once and registered two assists in 11 league games for Hertha Berlin this season, even though he has spent most of the campaign at right-back.

Previously at Red Bull Salzburg, the youngster is regarded as an exciting young talent, who is also versatile.

And the Austria international netted his first senior goal against Northern Ireland, slotting in after West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic set him up.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

Pellegrini would have been impressed by Lazaro’s skill, dribbling ability and willingness to put balls into the box.

At Hertha Berlin, he creates plenty of chances for team-mates, even though he has been pushed further back down the pitch.

The exciting young midfielder would work well with international team-mate Arnautovic and he would be a long-term investment for the Irons.

In the short-term, he could fill in for Yarmolenko or help out at right-back if Pablo Zabaleta needs a rest (now that Ryan Fredericks is out injured).

And in the long-term, Lazaro could become a top attacking midfielder for both club and country.