According to Il Messaggero, West Ham are set to try and sign FC Copenhagen defender Denis Vavro.
The Serie A club remain the favourites to secure the 23-year old centre-back as it is thought he wants to move to Italy, but the east London side will be ready to pick him up should the deal fall through.
Manuel Pellegrini could just be putting feelers out for replacements if a scenario presents itself where Issa Diop decides to leave.
The 22 year-old Frenchman had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer, although that looks increasingly less likely given the Red Devils’ £70m bid for Leicester’s Harry Maguire.
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If the Slovakian does join the Irons for the new campaign, he will bring with him the experience of winning a league title last time out with Copenhagen.
It is that consistency which Pellegrini has not been able to instil in his team, shown by the fact that they have yet to go more than four games without a defeat under him.
So, there is no denying they have the quality to turn up and beat the very best sides, but they do not have the consistency to sustain, for example, a top-six push.
Bringing in a league winner, someone who has been at the heart of a defence which lost just 10 of 52 games last season, will undoubtedly improve a team who have the talent but seemingly not the mindset to be able to consistently churn out results.
But irrespective of that, whether or not Vavro will start if he does end up at the London Stadium, he would be a vital addition to the squad as a player who has already achieved great success elsewhere in Europe.