West Ham join race for versatile Serie A star

West Ham have joined newly-promoted Premier League duo Watford and Bournemouth in the race for Lazio’s Senad Lulic, as reported by talkSPORT.

The 29-year-old is currently in talks over a new contract at Lazio but is believed to also be considering alternative options, with the Premier League an attractive destination.

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talkSPORT claim West Ham would be the favourites to sign the Bosnia international, though both Watford and Bournemouth will also submit offers for him.

West Ham don’t necessarily need a central midfielder with the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang all impressing so far this term, but Lulic’s ability to play as a left-back may be the reason for the Hammers’ interest, with Slaven Bilic seemingly short of a credible back-up to Aaron Cresswell.

The midfielder signed for Lazio from Swiss outfit Young Boys in 2011 and has since made 163 appearances for the Serie A club, scoring 18 goals and creating 27 assists.

It is believed Lazio president Claudio Lotito would demand a fee of around £11million for Lulic’s signature.