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Nahitan Nandez in talks to have release clause lowered after it blocked January West Ham move
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Nahitan Nandez in talks to have release clause lowered after it blocked January West Ham move

West Ham United came close to signing Cagliari star Nahitan Nandez in January.

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West Ham made a whopping bid for the Uruguay international as deadline day approached.

That was according to reports from Italy where Tuttomercatoweb and Football Italia claimed the Hammers had made an offer to take Nandez star on loan with a set £35million obligation to buy in the summer.

But the move never materialised as Cagliari insisted on their release clause of £40million plus extras being met.

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West Ham came close to signing Nandez on loan-with-option deal in January

West Ham signed Tomas Soucek on a similar loan-with-an-option deal instead. There is a considerably lower fee set for Soucek, believed to be around £13.5million.

Soucek has impressed and will be retained if West Ham stay up.

Carlos Sanchez has flopped and is on his way out. And Mark Noble told the club’s owners to stop relying on him in midfield (talkSPORT).

So West Ham will need further central midfield reinforcements in the summer if they are to be competitive next season.

David Moyes will be encouraged then by developments in Italy regarding Nandez’s situation this week.

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£35m-rated Nandez fighting to lower release clause

Tuttomercatoweb and Football Italia claims the former Boca Juniors midfielder is working with the club to lower his buy-out clause.

Nandez signed a deal which set the clause at around £34m. But the advent of the global health crisis means transfer spending is going to be seriously restricted across Europe.

Now Tuttomercatoweb claims Nandez has ‘returned to the table to find a common path’ to lowering the clause.

The impressive 24-year-old has already been capped 31 times by Uruguay.

And he has been a central figure in helping Cagliari to one of their best seasons since their Scudetto win back in 1969-70.

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West Ham need more in midfield

Whether a lower release clause will tempt West Ham to try again in the summer remains to be seen.

But if the Hammers can strike deal at a reasonable price Nandez could forge a formidable partnership with Soucek and Rice.

He also fits Moyes’s claret and blueprint of rebuilding West Ham around young, hungry, energetic players.

West Ham will need to act fast if they do want to sign him in the next window, though.

The likes of Napoli are also being linked.

The transfer window is expected to open 24 hours after the close of the major European seasons at the end of July.

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