West Ham are the latest club to join the race for Brighton and Hove Albion star Pascal Gross, according to reports in Italy.

Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato reports that Gross is a target for West Ham and Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window.

Last week, a report by The Mirror suggested that Gross would cost Liverpool £15m.

But now the Reds face competition from West Ham with Southampton also keen, as per the print edition of The Daily Express via HITC Sport.

Who is Pascal Gross?

Pascal Gross has scored one goal for Brighton in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Gross moved to Brighton in summer 2017, joining from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt.

The 27-year-old enjoyed an impressive first season in England, picking up Brighton’s Player of the Year accolade.

 

In 38 Premier League matches, Gross scored seven times and registered eight assists for the Seagulls.

This season, the German midfielder has struggled with injuries and consistency and has just one goal (and no assists) to his name – a penalty against Manchester United.

Nonetheless, West Ham, Liverpool and Southampton are ready to take a punt on the former Germany under-19 man, who is considered to be a midfield playmaker.

Would he fit in at West Ham?

Central midfield is the department which arguably needs the most urgent attention at West Ham.

With Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere all out injured, West Ham are left with Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang in central midfield.

But with Lanzini and Wilshere expected back before the end of the season, perhaps Gross might be too expensive for what Manuel Pellegrini is looking for.

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