West Ham United want to sign Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego.
That’s according to respected Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio last night.
West Ham’s latest target comes from fine stock.
West Ham want Diego Simeone’s son Giovanni claims Di Marzio
Last week Atleti boss Simeone was awarded the manager of the decade accolade.
The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) chose Simeone as the best coach in football over the past decade as he pipped Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to the prize (Football Espana).
Now West Ham want to sign his 25-year-old son Giovanni, who plays as a striker for Serie A side Cagliari and the Argentina national team.
West Ham boss David Moyes is desperate to sign a striker this month.
Hammers have ‘strong’ interest and deal could be made possible by ex West Ham flop Zaza
And the Hammers have been linked with a plethora of targets since offloading Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million.
Speaking on his website, Di Marzio added Simeone’s name to the list. He claimed the deal could be made possible if Cagliari are able to sign ex West Ham striker Simone Zaza.
“Today Torino in fact received a call from Cagliari, which asked for information on Zaza, already sought by Benevento,” Di Marzio said on his website.
“The forward has already worked with (Cagliari boss Eusebio) Di Francesco at Sassuolo and could therefore find a liking for the destination.
“Before Zaza, however, Cagliari will need to release a forward: West Ham’s interest is strong on Simeone.”
Moyes desperate for new striker but Antonio doing the business for now
Simeone has five goals and an assist from 12 Serie A starts this season. He scored 12 and registered three assist last season from 34 starts.
Moyes is currently left relying on the injury-prone Michail Antonio as West Ham’s sole senior striker.
That is not going too badly for the Scot, though, as Antonio has scored the winning goal in both Premier League starts on his return to the side.