West Ham United are planning a summer raid for Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca according to a new report from Spain.
The Hammers were linked with over 40 players during the January window.
But the club did not follow up the free transfer signing of Samir Nasri with any further additions.
That’s despite Manuel Pellegrini nursing a Premier League worst injury list.
Since the window slammed shut Pellegrini has made it clear he does not like doing business in January.
Roca on West Ham’s radar
The Chilean told the club’s official website ‘The January window does not offer many solutions’.
“I was not disappointed by our January transfer window because the media is more interested in bringing players to West Ham than the club itself,” Pellegrini told whufc.com.
But with the Hammers comfortably ensconced in the midtable West Ham can start planning their summer transfer business nice and early.
And that is exactly what they are doing with their interest in Roca according to Diario Sport.
The Spanish news outlet claims West Ham made a move for Roca in January.
Hammers having midfielder ‘scouted regularly’
But they were put off by his £35 million release clause.
Diario Sport claims Pellegrini remains interested, though, and will revisit the situation in the summer.
The report also states West Ham ‘regularly have a scout in Cornella’ and have been impressed by the 22-year-old.
The transfer makes sense. Pellegrini has been short in central midfield all season.
Star made headlines for switching allegiance to Catalonia
The Hammers let Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes leave and lost Manuel Lanzini to injury last summer.
New signings Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have both missed most of the season too.
Roca attracted headlines in Spain when he switched allegiance to Catalonia despite having featured for the country’s Under 19s and Under 21s.
That means the midfielder is unlikely to ever feature in a competitive international match as Catalonia are an autonomous team currently not recognised by UEFA or FIFA.