According to a report from Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web, alleged West Ham target Nahitan Nandez is set to sign a new contract with Cagliari, but it is still ‘very likely’ that he will leave the club in the summer.
The Hammers were reportedly keen on signing the Uruguayan in January. Tutto Mercato Web claimed towards the end of the window that the east London outfit actually lodged a loan with an option to buy for €40 million (£34 million) bid for the 24-year-old.
West Ham desperately needed to bolster their central midfield ranks in January. They did sign Tomas Soucek on loan from Slavia Prague with an option to buy.
But it could be argued that they still need more.
And Tutto Mercato Web claims that the Hammers might have a chance to sign previous reported target Nandez, in spite of the fact that he is set to sign a new deal with Cagliari – because it will include a release clause.
Nandez is just the player West Ham need
At 5ft 7in tall, the Uruguay international isn’t the biggest. But he is tenacious in the tackle and quintessentially South American in the way that he approaches the game.
In 21 Serie A outings for Cagliari this season, the 24-year-old has averaged 1.5 tackles and 0.5 interceptions per game (Who Scored).
He is also an accomplished passer of the football. In 21 league games, he has averaged 27.1 passes per match with an impressive completion rate of 77.5% (Who Scored).
It is unclear as to how much Nandez’s release clause will be in his reported new deal. But West Ham should definitely go back in for him this summer, whatever the amount is.