West Ham United are reportedly ready to submit a bid of over £10.5million for Fiorentina midfielder Erick Pulgar.
West Ham have been linked with Pulgar since last summer when his fellow Chilean Manuel Pellegrini was Hammers boss (La Tercera).
Pulgar was linked again in January. And he appears to be ready to leave Italy. The midfielder admitted last summer it was time to broaden his horizons having spent most of his career in Serie A.
Two different managers, same midfield target, is Pulgar a Sullivan special?
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is heading up the club’s recruitment once again. It comes after the brief dalliance with director of football Mario Husillos.
And – if new reports from Italy are accurate – that appears to be the case with Pulgar.
Hammers ready with £10.5m for Chilean
Of course if Moyes is in agreement with the signing then there is no issue. And Pulgar has a fine reputation in Italy where the 24-capped Chile international has shone in defensive midfield.
West Ham have an obligation to sign Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal this summer. Even so David Moyes will have to make further midfield reinforcements.
Ageing flop Carlos Sanchez is set to leave while Mark Noble has told the club they must replace him (talkSPORT).
In 25 Serie A outings for Fiorentina, Pulgar has averaged 2.4 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.4 clearances per game (Who Scored).
Fiorentina want more for midfielder – report
The energetic midfielder also averaged 40.4 passes per game with a hugely impressive completion rate of 86.6%.
So £10.5 million looks a good deal if West Ham can get it. And even if Pulgar is a Sullivan special, he certainly fits the profile of player Moyes wants – young, hungry and dynamic (whufc.com and beIN Sports).
But both outlets report the Italian outfit want more money.
Whether West Ham have it after the financial blow of the global health crisis remains to be seen.