Birmingham should sign Reece Burke once West Ham complete Armando Izzo deal

According to reports by Sport Italia, via Football Italia, West Ham United are in talks to sign Genoa centre-back Armando Izzo, who is rated at £8.5m according to The Sun, and Birmingham City should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Armando Izzo in action against Juventus

Well, Sport Italia, via Football Italia, reports that the east London outfit are keen to bring the 26-year-old Italian to the London Stadium as Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his defensive options ahead of the new campaign.

The Hammers conceded a joint-high 68 goals in their 38 Premier League matches last term, and it is no surprise that the Chilean boss is looking for reinforcements given the club has lost Jose Fonte and James Collins in recent months, and with Winston Reid often hampered by injury issues.

Izzo has four years remaining on his contract at the Serie A side, but he could be available for something of a bargain fee before the English top flight window closes on August 9.

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Why should Birmingham be monitoring the situation?

Well, Blues boss Garry Monk will be determined to add new faces to his own squad this summer to ensure they don’t find themselves in another relegation battle in the upcoming season, and while one of his side’s main issues last term was their failure to put the ball in the back of the net, it doesn’t mean that he won’t look to strengthen at the back, too.

One player that may well have caught his eye is 6ft 2in West Ham centre-back following a successful season-long loan spell with Bolton Wanderers last time out, and he is likely to definitely be available should the Irons push through a deal for Izzo.

Burke is a tall centre-back who is strong in the air, and he has proven that he can be a more than useful central defender at Championship level for Birmingham, who would be making their best signing in years if they snap up 19-year-old World Cup ace.