West Ham United have been linked with a move for Inter Milan and Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva.
With the January transfer window open transfer speculation is hotting up for West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini has already been linked with more than 30 players – see the full list here.
The latest is Inter Milan outcast Antonio Candreva (The Sun).
The Hammers are said to be willing to pay £10 million for the winger.
It comes as Inter look to raise £45 million in player sales to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.
Now a new report from Italy claims the 31-year-old would be keen on a move to West Ham (Football Italia).
The Football Italia report says Candreva, who has 54 caps for Italy, ‘would be more inclined to accept a transfer to London, realising his chances of making an impact at San Siro are severely limited’.
Candreva makes sense, but only on loan
Like Pellegrini’s first January signing Samir Nasri, Candreva would need time to get up to speed.
Since the end of September, his game time has been limited to just 15 minutes – coming off the bench late on in the victories over AC Milan and Frosinone.
The player is not part of Inter’s plans but whether West Ham would splurge £10 million on a player who turns 32 next month is unlikely.
Exits to make space for arrivals?
If Candreva does arrive at the London Stadium it would more likely be on loan with a fee attached.
With Andriy Yarmolenko out for the season and Michail Antonio often used up front or at right back the Hammers are light on the right side of midfield.
In that sense a loan makes sense for all parties.
West Ham are reportedly close to their own FFP ceiling after a summer spend of £100 million.
As a result any moves may have to be funded by sales.