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Giovanni Simeone: West Ham target Cagliari striker as Seb Haller replacement

David Moyes should avoid launching a move for West Ham United to sign Cagliari Calcio striker Giovanni Simeone during the January transfer window.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Hammers have identified Simeone as a potential option to bolster their forward ranks following the £20m sale of Sebastien Haller to AFC Ajax earlier this month.

Simeone is one of the latest names being linked with a mid-season move to the London Stadium after scoring five goals in 16 Serie A appearances this season, in a Cagliari side that sits just a point above the relegation zone after losing their last five games.

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The Sardegna Arena natives are keen to use the winter market to rejuvenate Eusebio Di Francesco’s options and have former West Ham striker Simone Zaza in mind after securing Alfred Duncan on loan from Fiorentina, but must first sell at least one of their current strikers.

Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, is one option under consideration, as is Leonardo Pavoletti, who could be used in a swap deal to sign Zaza from Torino.

Zaza 2.0

Cagliari are likely willing to part ways with Simeone in the January transfer window as the £15.5m-rated attacker has failed to score in any of his last 10 Serie A outings, with the 25-year-old’s last goal coming in a 3-2 defeat to Bologna at the end of October.

West Ham signing Simeone would effectively see the east London outfit sign the player Cagliari hope to replace him with in Zaza, who moved to the Premier League on loan for the 2016/17 season for £4.5m only for his deal to be terminated prematurely in January.

Zaza failed to score in any of his 11 outings for the Hammers across all competitions, while a knee injury meant he returned to Juventus having only opened five top-flight games and an EFL Cup tie in claret and blue.

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Moyes should not hang his hat on Simeone faring any better, should the striker even accept a move having stated in November that he wishes to remain at Cagliari for some time yet.

“I think I’m growing; Cagliari can help me a lot to keep doing it. The sports centre is beautiful, and the club is working very well,” he said, via quotes by Football-Italia. “I’m fine here and I want to stay for a long time.”

But the €53,000-per-week (£47k-p/w) forward has only proved to be extremely wasteful in the Serie A this season, with Simeone averaging a solid 1.6 shots per game but only scoring from 0.3 of those efforts, helping him to miss four big chances or one every 263 minutes, per SofaScore.

His actions elsewhere on the pitch have to be questioned, too, with Di Francesco critical of Simeone’s decision making.

“Simeone tends to throw himself into every situation, sometimes a bit too much, but was a little more organised and a team player today,” the Cagliari boss said following Simeone scoring a brace against Torino in October.

Moyes is unlikely to see a player like Simeone as a positive at West Ham, where Michail Antonio scores with 0.5 of his 1.9 shots per game in the Premier League, so would be far better served looking elsewhere than the Sardegna Arena in search of his Haller replacement.

AND in other news, a £22.5m-rated West Ham man will not be a part of David Moyes’ plans for the rest of this season