West Ham United Need To Pay £18m To Land Serie A Fullback: Is He Worth The Outlay?

West Ham United have been very lively in their endeavours this summer and quite rightly so. The Hammers were struggling big time last season and a breath of fresh air was needed at the club. With the introduction of Manuel Pellegrini as the new manager of the club, West Ham United have been taking big strides in bagging quality players to their arsenal.

Pellegrini has lured Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena and Ryan Fredericks to the London Stadium. The Irons look pretty appealing, mainly in their attack, and there are no two ways about that. The Chilean, however, is not expected to stop here and many expect him to dive into the transfer pool for one last move this window.

According to a recent report by talkSPORT, West Ham United are keen to make Genoa left wing-back, Diego Laxalt, sign on the dotted line. The Uruguayan international was one of the most productive stars for Uruguay in the World Cup held in Russia and thus, his value has rocketed upwards. Apart from Pellegrini’s camp, some other Premier League sides in Everton and Bournemouth are also monitoring him closely.

Having emerged through the youth ranks of Defensor Sporting, Laxalt was elevated to their senior side eventually and he created a lot of buzz back in his country. Although he signed for Internazionale in the January transfer window, he couldn’t garner a notable position for himself with the Italian giants. While he was in their books, he was shipped out on loan to the ranks of Bologna, Empoli and Genoa.

In the summer of 2016, he made a permanent move to Genoa and has been a handy asset for them. In 32 Serie A appearances last term, the 25-year-old scored 3 goals and also registered 3 assists. Besides, he also mustered 1.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.2 clearances and 0.1 blocks per game on an average. Despite being a left wing-back, he is versatile enough to operate as a midfielder as well as a full-back.

Genoa are demanding £18million for letting Laxalt make a move to West Ham United. This development has emerged after a bid of £10million from the English top flight side was rejected by the Italian outfit. Although Laxalt lacks the experience of English football, he is an astute package and has plenty of experience under his belt. Apart from him, West Ham United have also put Croatia’s Domagoj Vida on their radar, which implies that there might be one or two more incomings yet, this summer.

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