West Ham and Tottenham are said to be battling it out for the signing of Atalanta ace Ruslan Malinovskyi in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from Calcio Mercato who claim that the 29-year-old attacker currently has a strained relationship with Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini and as a result, West Ham and Tottenham are eyeing up January moves for his signature.

Both David Moyes and Antonio Conte will be keen to add more quality attacking options to their respective ranks in January.

And it appears as though both clubs could be battling it out for the same player.

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Malinovskyi was apparently close to joining West Ham in the summer. And now Tottenham could represent a real problem for us…

West Ham and Tottenham battling to sign Ruslan Malinovskyi in January

Calcio Mercato reckon that due to a strained relationship with the Atalanta manager, the 29-year-old attacking midfielder could be on his way out of the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in January.

And as a result, West Ham and Tottenham are eyeing up swoops for the Ukrainian ace.

Malinovskyi has bagged 30 goals and 27 assists in 139 games for Atalanta (Transfermarkt). A goal involvement every 2.4 games isn’t bad at all. 

The 29-year-old possesses outstanding technical ability and is really good when in possession of the football.

He has plenty of energy and possesses the ability to beat a man. He has an absolute rocket of a shot in his arsenal as well.

A couple of years ago, Chelsea legend Claude Makelele was trying to push the Ukrainian ace towards a move to Stamford Bridge, according to The Daily Mail.

West Ham and Tottenham battling to sign Ruslan Malinovskyi in January
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So he clearly has something special about him.

Breaking The Lines describe the left-footed Ukraine international as an ‘incredible’ player.

I would absolutely love to see Ruslan Malinovskyi arrive at the London Stadium in the January transfer window.

However, Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that the 29-year-old dreams of joining Tottenham. So West Ham may well have our work cut-out.

He could be available for around £18 million according to The Express. That would represent terrific value as far as I’m concerned.

Whether West Ham manage to beat Tottenham to the signing of Ruslan Malinovskyi remains to be seen though.

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