West Ham United have been given real encouragement that they can sign midfield target Nahitan Nandez in the next transfer window.
West Ham made a whopping bid for Uruguay international Nandez in January.
West Ham wanted £35m Nandez on loan with option in January
In the end the Italian side resisted and West Ham boss David Moyes signed Tomas Soucek in a similar – and cheaper – deal instead.
Several reports claim Moyes still wants Nandez in the next window – whenever that might be in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
And the West Ham boss has been given real encouragement that will be possible after an in-depth report from Football Italia claimed it is only a matter of time before Cagliari’s ‘shining light’ leaves following interest from the Hammers.
‘Only a matter of time’ before Hammers target moves
“He belongs to what can easily be called the ‘Golden Generation’ of Uruguayan football,” Football Italia explains.
“Federico Valverde, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino and Rodrigo Bentancur already present what the country has to offer right now, but Nandez adds versatility and an added option on the right flank.
“He was linked with a move to the Premier League (with West Ham) not long before his Serie A move and it is concrete proof of how he has always had clubs looking at him.
“The way his first season has gone, judging by how he has filled Cagliari’s Barella-shaped void, it might be only a matter of time before he heads to a bigger team.”
A Noble replacement?
To all intents and purposes a move for Nandez would effectively spell the end of Mark Noble’s place as a guaranteed starter.
Noble has been on the wane this season and has admitted himself he can no longer be relied upon (talkSPORT).
A midfield of Nandez, Rice and Soucek would suddenly transform West Ham to into a completely new proposition.
First Moyes must ensure he keeps West Ham up when the season eventually resumes.