West Ham have been handed a huge boost with the news that Nahitan Nandez is not interested in joining Leeds United this summer.
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The 25-year-old midfielder is allegedly ready to wait until the Copa America has finished before seeing whether any other clubs make a move for his signature (Calcio Mercato).
Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa and Hammers manager David Moyes are both desperate to bolster their central midfield ranks at Elland Road and the London Stadium respectively.
It seems as though West Ham now have a real chance of beating Leeds to the signing of Nandez.
That would be a huge boost for the East London club and a massive blow for the West Yorkshire outfit.
West Ham boost – Nahitan Nandez doesn’t want Leeds move
According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguay international is ‘not convinced’ by Leeds and is waiting for other clubs to show their hand.
We think that this provides West Ham with a great chance to swoop in and beat Bielsa to the 25-year-old’s signature.
The Hammers and the Whites could be set for a bidding war for Nandez this summer (Football Italia).
But with the player allegedly not keen on a move to Elland Road and Europa League football on offer at the London Stadium, West Ham could hold a big advantage over their Premier League rivals.
This really does seem like a great opportunity for the Hammers. He could be available for as little as £21 million this summer (Corriere dello Sport, Print edition, May 15th, page 19).
Soccer Souls describe the tenacious midfielder as ‘outstanding’.
The 25-year-old averaged 1.8 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.3 dribbles and 1.5 clearances in 32 Serie A appearances this season. He made 30.9 passes per game on average during those outings and recorded a completion rate of 77.7% (Who Scored).
There is no reason why the Hammers shouldn’t be pushing hard to get this one done. And if Nandez is truly not convinced by Leeds, the door could be wide open for Moyes to swoop in.