West Ham are allegedly interested in signing Torino full-back Ola Aina in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from All Nigeria Soccer who claims that Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium from Serie A before the start of next season.
Moyes needs to bolster pretty much every single department of his West Ham squad in the summer.
The Hammers players are still punching well above their weight and they need more competition and cover next season if we are to make some genuine and real progress as a football club.
Moyes’s main priorities will be to sign a top-class striker and an established centre-back. It could be argued that the next priority on the list should be the signing of a new left-back.
And the Hammers manager may well have a plan up his sleeve to bolster that particular area of his squad at the London Stadium…
West Ham eyeing Ola Aina summer swoop
According to a report from All Nigeria Soccer, the Torino ace is firmly on the Hammers’ radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old joined the Serie A outfit from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 for around £9 million (Goal).
He is incredibly versatile and can play in either the left-back or the right-back positions or as a left or right winger.
Aina has mostly operated as a left-back for Torino this season. In 16 Serie A appearances, the London-born Nigeria international has averaged one tackle, 1.4 interceptions and one clearance per game (Who Scored).
The 25-year-old is incredibly athletic, energetic and has stamina and pace in abundance.
Calcio Mercato claims that Aina could be available for around £8 million at the end of this season, with his contract at The Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino set to expire in the summer of 2023.
We believe that Aina would be a very strong addition for West Ham United. He would provide strong competition for Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal in the left-back and right-back positions respectively.
£8 million for the Nigerian seems like very good value for the Hammers. And should David Moyes bring Aina back to London from Italy, we believe West Ham will be a lot stronger as a result.
West Ham won’t have a free run at Aina, however. Crystal Palace, Leeds and Lille allegedly want to sign the 25-year-old as well (All Nigeria Soccer).
So the Hammers owners had better act fast if they want to bring the Nigerian to the London Stadium in the summer.