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Who is Dani Olmo the Spanish Zagreb star being scouted by West Ham ahead of potential summer bid
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Who is Dani Olmo the Spanish Zagreb star being scouted by West Ham ahead of potential summer bid

West Ham United are reportedly tracking rising Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo.

Hammers director of football Mario Husillos heads up the club’s recruitment and alongside Manuel Pellegrini scours Europe for top talent.

He helped West Ham land brilliant young centre back Issa Diop who is looking a snip at £22.5million.

And according to a recent report by The Mirror the Hammers sent a delegate to watch Dinamo Zagreb teenager Dani Olmo amongst others in a Europa League game before the international break.

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Savvy West Ham aiming to lure players before they are famous

West Ham are being much more savvy with their recruitment since Pellegrini and Husillos teamed up.

Getting players before they, or their availability becomes widely known seems the order of the day.

So who is Dani Olmo and what would he bring to West Ham? Here’s everything you need to know.

Olmo is a 20-year-old Spanish winger who started his career with Espanyol before joining hated rivals Barcelona.

Then in an even more surprising move he joined Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb as a 16-year-old.

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From Barca to Zagreb the story of Dani Olmo

If the move was designed to give the youngster a quicker route to top level first team football it worked.

Like West Ham’s own 20-year-old midfield star Declan Rice, Olmo has alread notched over 60 appearances for Dinamo.

So far the attacker has an impressive 12 goals in 62 games. Six of those have come this season and he also has eight assists to his name after moving out wide from a Number 10 role.

He is the reigning player of the season in the Croatian First Football League and finished 11th in Tuttosport’s 2018 ‘Golden Boy’ awards, finishing ahead of the likes of Kylian Mbappe.

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Pellegrini could land star of the future without breaking the bank

Olmo was reportedly considering switching international allegiance from Spain to Croatia.

But he opted for his homeland and has played five times for Spain’s Under 21 side.

Olmo will undoubtedly be courted by a number of clubs. Indeed The Mirror claimed he was one of several players being watched by numerous Premier League scouts including West Ham.

But the Hammers may not need to break the bank to land him as he has just two years left on his contract.