West Ham are keen on signing Andrea Ranocchia, according to Italian media source Calcio Mercato.

The Hammers already hold an interest in Gabriel Barbosa and Antonio Candreva, but have added a third Inter Milan team-mate to their wish-list in Ranocchia.

With centre-back an area that West Ham may look to strengthen, Ranocchia is the latest target to emerge.

Who is Andrea Ranocchia?

Andrea Ranocchia has played 21 times for Italy. (Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ranocchia is a towering 6ft 5in centre-half who has spent the vast majority of his career in Italy.

After starting his career at Arezzo, the 30-year-old has since played for Genoa, Bari, Inter Milan, Sampdoria and Hull City.

Ranocchia has been with Inter since 2010 but has been loaned out three times. His future at the San Siro is in doubt as he once again struggles for game time.

Andrea Ranocchia in the Premier League

Andrea Ranocchia played 16 Premier League games for Hull City. (Photo credit: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ranocchia joined Hull City in January 2017, tasked with keeping the Tigers in the Premier League.

The 21-cap Italy international definitely helped shore things up at the KCOM Stadium but ultimately he could not prevent Marco Silva’s men from suffering relegation to the Championship.

In 16 games, Ranocchia scored two goals but it was not enough to avoid the drop.

Andrea Ranocchia in 2018/19

Ranocchia has once again struggled for game time in the 2018/19 season.

After playing just 11 times in Serie A last term, Ranocchia is yet to play a single minute for Inter Milan this term.

West Ham’s centre-back situation

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna (L) and reported target Andrea Ranocchia (R) take on former Hammer Emmanuel Emenike (C) during an international game between Italy and Nigeria. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

West Ham’s first-choice centre-back pairing is Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena.

Angelo Ogbonna has been filling in recently with Balbuena out injured, but the Italian defender has struggled with his form.

Ranocchia could be seen as a replacement for Ogbonna or as a fourth-choice central defender with Winston Reid out with a long-term injury and Reece Oxford surplus to requirements.

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