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West Ham edging closer to Luca Pellegrini swoop

West Ham United appear to be the frontrunners to sign Juventus defender Luca Pellegrini, according to reports coming out of Italy.

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As per Spazio Juve, the Irons are said to be ‘very close’ to striking a deal for the 23-year-old, with the east Londoners currently in ‘pole position’ despite interest from newly-promoted Serie A outfit Monza.

The report suggests that the left-back – who still has three years left to run on his existing contract in Turin – could be worth in the region of just €10m (£9m), having been something of a bit-part player under Max Allegri last term.

This follows a previous report which suggested the London Stadium outfit were keen on a deal for the one-cap Italy international, albeit with the Serie A giants hoping to exploit that interest by trying to strike an agreement of their own for Jarrod Bowen.

Bye-bye Masuaku

That potential incoming could spell the end for one player’s West Ham career, with fellow full-back Arthur Masuka seemingly the man most likely to give way if Pellegrini is signed, having failed to ever nail down a regular role since his move from Olympiakos six years ago.

Despite often operating in an attacking, wing-back role in David Moyes’ side, the DR Congo international has a fairly dismal record with regards to his attacking output, having registered just two goals and ten assists in 127 appearances in all competitions.

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Dubbed “terrible” by West Ham-focused analyst Carl Goodall, the 28-year-old has rarely looked like a player capable of performing on a consistent basis, failing to usurp first-choice pick Aaron Cresswell from his usual starting berth.

There have been suggestions that Moyes may seek to hand the £43k-per-week dud another chance in pre-season, with two years left on his existing deal plus the chance of a further extension. However, the hope may be that a new arrival could alter that situation, with the £4.5m-rated African having seemingly outstayed his welcome.

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In Pellegrini, the Hammers would no doubt be able to acquire a young, hungry asset who can prove a more reliable deputy to the aforementioned Cresswell, while also potentially replacing the 32-year-old in the years to come.

Although it proved a frustrating campaign last time out at the Allianz Stadium – where he made just 15 league starts – the £8.1m-rated starlet has previously showcased his talent while on loan at Cagliari, recording seven assists in just 36 games for the club in all competitions during his 18-month spell.

Former Italy under-21 coach Paolo Nicolato has also lavished him with praise in the past, insisting that the £30k-per-week menace has “remarkable physical skills” and is “destined to have a great career”.

It looks like his race is run in Turin, although the Irons could no doubt offer him the chance to blossom “without pressure” – as Nicolato stressed – with the club’s place in the Europa Conference League potentially handing him the chance for regular game-time.

His arrival may not have an instant impact on the starting XI, although it could help to usher out a player in Masuaku who simply needs to move on.

AND in other news, Moyes plotting move for “special” £45m “baller”, he’d be a “superstar” for West Ham

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