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Hammers battling Spurs and Everton for new star

West Ham are said to be scouting Lecce midfielder Joan Gonzalez, along with both Everton and Spurs, according to a new report.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 20-year-old is attracting plenty of interest, with Juventus also monitoring his performances.

Gonzalez was released by Barcelona and was picked up by Lecce and has made a total of 16 first-team appearances for the club.

A Spaniard, Gonzalez has never played for his country at any level but he has impressed for Lecce since his release from the Camp Nou.

He has a contract with the club until 2027 so the Italian side are in a very strong negotiating position when it comes to any potential bids.

Lecce want around €15m, which equates to £12.9m, and the club are said to be excited about the prospect of receiving such a fee.

Lecce are currently 16th in Serie A and any deal would see them bolster their own coffers significantly.

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