West Ham have identified Roma ace Amadou Diawara as the perfect January signing, according to a report from Calcio Mercato. And if we do sign the midfielder, it could be somewhat of a blow to Chelsea.
Blues boss Frank Lampard wants to bring Diawara to Stamford Bridge according to a report from the Sun.
As things stand, however, it seems as though Chelsea could miss out on the Roma star to London rivals West Ham.
Not only have the Hammers allegedly identified the 23-year-old as the perfect January signing, but we are also apparently leading the race for his signature (Forza Roma).
The West Ham fans were promised by David Sullivan and David Gold that moving to the London Stadium would enable the club to compete with Europe’s biggest teams in the transfer market.
That clearly hasn’t happened.
Signing someone of Diawara’s calibre, however, and beating Chelsea to his services in the process, would be a sign that the tide is slowly turning.
Tailor made for the Premier League
The Guinea international is a tenacious ball-winning midfielder and he seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.
It is suggested that the 23-year-old defensive midfielder would cost around £22 million (Forza Roma). And that could be an absolute steal for West Ham.
In 22 league games for the Serie A outfit last season, the 23-year-old averaged 1.8 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game. He also averaged 45.4 passes per match with a massively impressive completion rate of 88.9 % (Who Scored).
With N’Golo Kante set to turn 30 in a few months time and the Frenchman not quite the same player he was two seasons ago, Diawara would have been a great January addition for Chelsea. So losing out on him to West Ham would really hurt the Blues.
It is still too early to say the Hammers are imminently set to beat Chelsea to the Roma ace. The preliminary signs seem very good, however.
Signing Diawara could be an absolute game-changer for West Ham.
Especially with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in desperate need of some top class competition and cover.
Beating Chelsea to his signature, meanwhile, would be a massive statement from West Ham.