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Manuel Pellegrini target Gary Medel set for knockdown £2million move to new club so did West Ham miss a trick?

If there was one transfer most West Ham United fans did not want to see happen over the summer it was the arrival of Gary Medel.

West Ham were repeatedly linked with Manuel Pellegrini’s fellow Chilean from as far back as January.

Indeed back then Pellegrini admitted his regret at not landing the former Cardiff City midfielder (whufc.com).

The likes of fellow Hammers website Claret & Hugh claimed Medel was a genuine target again during the summer window.

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West Ham target Medel set for cut-price move

But the supporters who did not want to see the man nicknamed ‘el pitbull’ in the claret and blue got their wish.

Now the former Inter Milan defensive midfielder looks set for a cut-price £2million move to Bologna.

Football Italia claim Medel touched down in Venice on Wednesday morning after Bologna agreed a £2m fee with Besiktas for his tenacious services.

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Unwanted by fans but did Hammers miss a trick?

That is £2million less than West Ham were quoted (C&H).

The report states that Medel will undergo a medical before penning a two-year contract, which includes the option of a third season.

Some fans will be pleased West Ham’s interest in Medel did not bear fruit.

But did the Hammers miss a trick? The team has looked short in defensive midfield this season and a Declan Rice injury away from a potential crisis.

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Pellegrini a Rice injury away from big problems

For the sake of £2m, Medel would have provided experienced – he has 125 caps for Chile – cover for Rice.

And he can even play at centre back if needed.

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold handed Pellegrini a net transfer kitty of just £35million in the summer.

Would it really have killed them to spend a couple more and give the Hammers some much-needed security.

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