Hammers reignite midfielder interest


Hammers reignite midfielder interest

Reports suggest the Hammers are reigniting their interest in Udinese midfielder Lazar Samardzic, as indicated by Italian outlet Calcio Mercato. The 21-year-old Serbian is valued at £25.6 million and could be seeking a move after experiencing limited playing time in Udinese’s recent fixtures.

This renewed pursuit of Samardzic by West Ham isn’t entirely new, as we were previously linked to him when his intended transfer to Inter Milan fell through. Now, with Samardzic’s apparent discontent at Udinese, the Irons perceive an opportunity to secure his services.

West Ham’s interest in Samardzic aligns with their potential need to replace Lucas Paqueta, who has been linked with a transfer to Manchester City. That move fell through due to the Brazilian’s betting investigation but is expected to be concluded shortly. Therefore, Samardzic could potentially fill that void, particularly if Paqueta departs the London Stadium.

Despite his recent lack of playing time, Samardzic has showcased promise in Serie A this season, tallying three goals and two assists in 25 appearances. His performances have drawn attention from prominent Italian clubs like Inter, Napoli, and Juventus.

However, West Ham faces tough competition in their pursuit of Samardzic, with Juventus reportedly expressing interest in the young midfielder as well, intensifying the challenge for the Hammers.

Hammers reignite midfielder interest

Hammers reignite interest in midfielder Lazar Samardzic

With reports suggesting a potential falling out between Samardzic and his manager, West Ham’s manager director of football Tim Steidten may view this as a golden opportunity to secure their long-term target.

Ultimately, West Ham’s decision will depend on their assessment of Samardzic’s recent performances and their willingness to meet Udinese’s valuation. The upcoming summer transfer window will provide clarity on whether the Hammers can get their man.

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