West Ham want transfer listed Serie A player who’s fallen out with his manager and fans as report makes Francesco Acerbi claim.
It has been widely publicised that West Ham are potentially looking to sign not one but two centre-backs before the transfer window closes.
PSG defender Thilo Kehrer looks set to become West Ham’s sixth summer signing today after he flew into London last night for a medical and to thrash out personal terms.
The Hammers have lost Nayef Aguerd to a long-term injury, have injury issues surrounding Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna still making his comeback from an ACL injury and reportedly also have injury concerns over Kurt Zouma.
Throw in the fact Issa Diop has been sold to Fulham and it is easy to see why Moyes may want another centre half.
West Ham have been linked with the likes of Attila Szalai.
Now West Ham want a transfer listed Serie A player who’s fallen out with his manager and fans as report makes Francesco Acerbi claim.
According to Football Italia, West Ham have reportedly emerged to explore a possible move for transfer listed Lazio defender Acerbi.
The 34-year-old Italian centre back handed in a transfer request at the start of the summer after an incredibly difficult year in the Italian capital.
Acerbi struggled to adapt to Maurizio Sarri’s system in Rome and he didn’t respond well to the criticism, doing a ‘shh’ gesture to the fans when celebrating a goal.
The incident caused a rift to form between player and fans, something that still hasn’t dissipated.
Acerbi has fallen out of favour with Sarri and now West Ham are said to be interested in a short-term deal.
“As reported by La Lazio Siamo Noi, West Ham recently emerged to inquire about Acerbi’s situation at Lazio and understand the margins of a possible deal,” Football Italia reports.
“The Italy international did not respond to the request, however, as he’d prefer to stay in Italy for the final years of his career. Acerbi clearly wants to join Simone Inzaghi’s Inter and turned down approaches from both Monza and Torino in recent weeks.”
Moyes does prefer his centre-backs on the experienced side, he has said that himself in a number of interviews.
But at 34, and a seemingly difficult characters, this does not fit with the recruitment philosophy of Moyes and Rob Newman.
It is the kind of signing West Ham would have made in years gone by. Not anymore, though.
Perhaps it could be argued it would have made sense for the short-term. But is seems the player is not keen anyway, which is probably for the best.