Alleged West Ham and Liverpool target Omar Colley is in discussions with Sampdoria over signing a new contract according to Tutto Mercato Web.
That is a huge turnaround from just last week when Calcio News 24 suggested that the Serie A club were doing everything they could to get rid of the centre-back.
West Ham and Liverpool were linked with a £10 million move to sign Colley back in the summer (Sampnews24).
And with the Hammers and the Reds both short of options in the central defensive department, it would be no surprise to see either David Moyes or Jurgen Klopp swoop in for the 25-capped Gambia international in January.
So could the 28-year-old still end up at the London Stadium or Anfield?
Tutto Mercato Web’s report claiming that Sampdoria are trying to get Colley to sign a new deal could just mean that they are protecting the value of the centre-back.
Perhaps once they have him tied down to a new deal they will then decide to sell him. It may well just be smoke and mirrors. Who knows.
Colley would be a very smart addition for either West Ham or Liverpool.
In 31 Serie A appearances for Sampdoria last season, Colley averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, 4.8 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game. He also won 2.8 aerial duals per game on average during those outings (Who Scored).
The Gambian is incredibly strong and experienced. Standing at 6ft 3in tall, he is powerful and commanding in the air.
Colley seems to be ideally suited to the intense nature of the Premier League.
If the 28-year-old does sign a new deal, he may well cost a lot more than £10 million. West Ham and Liverpool should still attempt to sign Colley, however. Regardless of whether he signs a new deal or not.
The Sampdoria ace would be a very welcome addition at either the London Stadium or Anfield in Janaury.
Only time will tell whether the Italian outfit truly want to keep the centre-back. Or whether they are just guarding against losing him for nothing next year.