Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato claimed yesterday that West Ham ‘seriously tried’ to sign Inter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini in January, and some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.

The east London outfit were desperate for central midfield reinforcements in January. And they ended up strengthening in that particular area by bringing Tomas Soucek in on loan from Slavia Prague.

There is an argument to be made that signing just the Czech star wasn’t enough, however.

And it seems as though West Ham might have known that at the time.

Calcio Mercato claims that the Hammers made very strong attempts to bring Gagliardini to the London Stadium in January, but they were knocked back in their approach by Inter Milan.

Roberto Gagliardini of FC Internazionale in action during...
Roberto Gagliardini (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old Inter ace has racked up nine goals and three assists in 87 appearances since moving to the San Siro (Transfermarkt). Hardly prolific numbers.

And his defensive stats aren’t very inspiring either.

In 11 Serie A appearances this season, the six-capped Italy international has averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 0.8 clearances (Who Scored). So it could be argued that Gagliardini wouldn’t actually have been that great of an addition for West Ham anyway.

Some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation claiming that the Inter ace was a target for David Moyes in January…

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