West Ham target Ivan Perisic

West Ham United are lining up a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, per Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Croatia international has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent months.

What’s the word?

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also listed as potential suitors for Perisic by the aforementioned report but the Hammers are claimed to have joined the chase.

Gazzetta claim that the Gunners made a bid for Perisic in January, though a deal was not completed.

And Inter are now said to be expecting concrete bids for the 3o-year-old, who has scored six goals and laid on eight assists in 38 appearances thus far this season.

Perisic, an experienced campaigner, helped Croatia to the World Cup final in the summer, scoring in the semi-final win over England.

It remains to be seen if West Ham can beat off the competition to secure the veteran forward this summer, however.

Root and branch reform

West Ham simply must rethink their transfer strategy.

A move for a 30-year-old whose powers are waning makes very little sense. It must be said that Spurs and the Gunners would not be improved by his arrival, either.

But this again smacks of West Ham attempting to sign a player who can shift some shirts and temporarily raise the excitement levels inside the London Stadium.

As it is, they need to invest in youth. The likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez are all 30 or over and will need replacing soon.

Bringing in Perisic artificially fills a gap for a short period of time, but it is not worth it, and the Irons should instead be looking for players under the age of 27, yet to approach their peak.

Signing Perisic would be yet another example of the Irons being so desperate to prove their status as a big operator in the market that they ignore what really matters.