West Ham United have once again been given the chance to sign Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.
West Ham were linked with Perisic last summer and there have been several reports of a move this summer too.
Most Hammers fans brushed off the reports as unlikely.
That was predominantly because they knew only too well West Ham’s priority was on securing a top quality striker.
Hammers linked with Perisic again
Now the club has done that with the capture of Sebastien Haller.
The overriding feeling for West Ham fans from the club’s pre-season friendlies so far this summer – particularly against Newcastle – was that Manuel Pellegrini is in desperate need of a new left-back.
On the same night West Ham’s Twitter and fan forums were going into meltdown about the left-back problems, new reports from Italy were linking Perisic with the Hammers and Arsenal again.
It came after new Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte publicly criticised the Croatian and cast doubt over his future (FC Inter News).
Ivan the terrible?
“I do not think Perisic fits into the role I request, so right now the attack is the only place he can play in,” Conte said, as reported by FC Inter News.
“There are roles to respect and one cannot change a player’s qualities. The feeling I get is negative, so I don’t think he can give the team what it needs.”
Unfortunately the party line coming out of West Ham this weekend is that Pellegrini has no more money left to spend.
That is despite a net spend of just over £30million this summer.
‘Penniless’ is the new party line
Whether it is true that David Sullivan and David Gold have tightened the purse strings only they and Pellegrini know.
Some feel it may be a ruse to ensure West Ham are not priced out of any remaining transfers.
But the club simply must try to do whatever they can to make the deal happen if there is a possibility Perisic might join.
It would truly help push the club on to the next level and give the side an entirely new dynamic.
The prospect of Perisic and Felipe Anderson working in tandem is mouthwatering.
And given Inter’s desperation for cash to help bridge the gap in their finances to land Romelu Lukaku, West Ham might be able to get a relative bargain.
Sullivan and Gold could complete a truly remarkable window by giving Pellegrini the green light for this one.