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Grady Diangana form means West Ham do not need Gervinho in January
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Grady Diangana form means West Ham do not need Gervinho in January

West Ham are being linked with a move for former Arsenal winger Gervinho.

According to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, West Ham are interested in bringing Gervinho back to England.

The 31-year-old is currently playing for Parma Calcio in Serie A. And Parma have no intention of selling Gervinho, who only joined them this summer.

But moving for Gervinho would be a strange move considering the rapid rise of academy product Grady Diangana.

Grady Diangana breakthrough

Grady Diangana is now getting a run in the first-team at West Ham. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Diangana was handed his first-team debut earlier this season. It was an EFL Cup game against League Two Macclesfield Town and he started the game.

In a dream debut, the 20-year-old bagged two goals and announced himself to West Ham fans.

And since then, he has gone from strength to strength. Following Andriy Yarmolenko’s injury, Diangana is now a starter in the Premier League.

In just his fourth Premier League outing for the Hammers, the youngster was sensational against Burnley.

The Clarets defenders could not handle his skill and dribbling ability as he turned in a fantastic display.

His rise to the first-team surely indicates that West Ham do not necessarily need a new winger in January.

Gervinho: career so far

Gervinho spent two years with Arsenal. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Gervinho is an attacking winger and he already has three goals in seven appearances for Parma.

During his career, he has played in Belgium (Beveren), France (Le Mans and Lille), England (Arsenal), Italy (Roma and Parma) and China (Hebei China Fortune).

His time with Arsenal was not as successful as the Gunners had hoped. He played 63 times in two seasons, scoring 11 goals, but he was often criticised by the fans.

With over 100 career goals, though, he is renowned for his ability to get on the score sheet.

The Ivory Coast international also has 80 caps for his country, as well as 22 goals.

Would Gervinho be a good signing?

There is no doubt that Gervinho would add options for Manuel Pellegrini.

With Yarmolenko injured, West Ham may have been light in this department. But the emergence of Diangana has surely convinced Pellegrini that he does not need to strengthen on the wing this January.

Lucas Perez, Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass are alternative options, while Felipe Anderson continues on the left flank.

West Ham would be better off keeping Diangana in that position and bringing in a new central midfielder, left-back or striker.