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West Ham eyeing potential move for Miguel Almiron - report
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West Ham eyeing potential move for Miguel Almiron - report

West Ham are likely to dip into the January transfer window to bolster their injury-hit squad.

With key players like Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere out for the long-term, Manuel Pellegrini will be forced into action this January.

The Hammers are now being linked with a number of players as the winter window edges closer.

And with just over two months left until the new year, West Ham have been linked with a talented midfielder.

Transfer story

Miguel Almiron is a target for West Ham. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

West Ham are linked with a move for Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron.

According to TyC Sports, Atlanta could sell Almiron to West Ham to fund their move for River Plate’s Gonzalo Martinez.

Who is Miguel Almiron?

Almiron has been a star player for Atlanta since his December 2016 switch to the United States.

Previously, the 24-year-old had played for Cerro Porteno in Paraguay and Lanus in Argentina.

With 12 goals and 11 assists in 32 MLS games this season, as per Who Scored, the 12-cap Paraguay international is a constant goal threat in America.

These numbers are set to earn him a move to Europe with West Ham now keen to bring him in.

South American links

Fabian Balbuena (2) and Miguel Almiron (17) are Paraguay team-mates. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham have a growing South American contingent at the club. And this is because Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini has looked to his continent for new players.

These players include Carlos Sanchez (Colombia), Felipe Anderson (Brazil) and Pablo Zabaleta and Manuel Lanzini (both Argentina).

But signing Almiron would give him a chance to link up with fellow Paraguayan Fabian Balbuena.

What would Almiron offer?

Amid a major injury crisis, Almiron would be an extra option in midfield.  And with Lanzini out injured, his fellow South American could step up in a central position.

Furthermore, he is comfortable on the wing. So he could be a replacement for Yarmolenko, too.

But with a lack of experience in Europe, this move does represent a slight risk. And whether he succeeds in England depends on whether he can settle in at West Ham.

However, Balbuena’s rapid adjustment to life in London will be encouraging. And the towering Paraguay man can help his international team-mate settle if he joins.