According to a report from Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, West Ham ‘seriously tried’ to sign Inter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini.
Unfortunately for the Hammers, however, Inter allegedly had no interest in selling the 25-year-old ace.
Central midfield was clearly an area that West Ham needed to strengthen in January. And they ended up doing just that, bringing Tomas Soucek to the London Stadium on loan from Slavia Prague.
It could be argued that the Hammers should have done more, however.
And it seems as though they tried to do just that.
Calcio Mercato claims the east London outfit ‘seriously tried’ to sign Roberto Gagliardini from Inter Milan, but the Italian giants had no interest in selling the midfielder.
Well respected Italian journalist Nicolo Schira also claimed back in January that West Ham enquired about the 25-year-old, but were knocked back by the Nerazzurri:
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 12, 2020
Sempre Inter suggested back in January 2019 that Inter could be willing to sell Gagliardini for around €20 million (£16.9 million).
But their stance has clearly changed since then.
There are question marks as to whether the six-capped Italy international would have actually been a good signing for the Hammers, however.
Inter Milan ace’s numbers in a nutshell
In 15 appearances for Inter this season, he has racked up just two goals and two assists. And in 87 outings for the Serie A giants, Gagliardini has recorded only nine goals and three assists (Transfermarkt).
In 11 Serie A games this season, however, he does boast an impressive passing accuracy rate of 82%. The 25-year-old has also averaged 1.1 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game during those outings. (Who Scored).
So Gagliardini obviously takes his defensive duties seriously.
Who knows whether he would have been a hit in the Premier League or not. But as things stand, it’s very much a moot point. Inter clearly want to keep hold of the Italian. And whether that changes in the future remains to be seen.