According to a report from Italian media outlet Il Mattino, West Ham are trying to hijack Napoli’s pursuit of Celta Vigo ace Stanislav Lobotka.

The Hammers are really short in the central midfield department. They lack any kind of dynamism and energy. And Lobotka would be a great addition.

Il Mattino claims that Napoli are leading the race to sign the 25-year-old Celta Vigo ace, but West Ham are trying to hijack the deal.

The Italian publication also claims that the Hammers are in a better position than the Serie A side to force through a deal quickly.

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Stanislav Lobotka in action (Photo by Nel Pavletic – Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

It is suggested that Napoli would prefer to loan the 22-capped Slovakia international initially, before purchasing him for around €22 million (£18.8 million) in the summer.


Lobotka would be a superb signing for West Ham

The Celta Vigo man is a tough tackling, tenacious central midfielder, and he possesses all of the attributes that the Hammers currently lack in the middle of the park.

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Stanislav Lobotka (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old is a real bundle of energy and he would add some much needed drive and intent to West Ham’s play in midfield.

His reported price-tag of just £18.8 million would be an absolute bargain for the Hammers, and they must do everything they can to beat Napoli to his signature.

And if David Moyes does manage to bring Lobotka to the London Stadium, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for West Ham.

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