West Ham are continuing talks with Juventus over the prospect of Angelo Ogbonna making a switch to Upton Park.
Manager Slaven Bilic is keen to get a new central defender drafted into pre-season training as soon as possible but ClaretandHugh understands there is still some way to go in negotiations.
The two sides were last night described to us as “coming closer” but reports that the 27 year old had given his farewells to the Juventus team mates were described as “clearly premature.”
No firm offer has been made by the club and with clubs unwilling to put the first price marker down in negotiations these days some “fencing” is going on although there is a willingness on both sides for a deal to be done.
We were also told that both Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour and Aleksandar Dragovic of Lokomitiv Moscow were both on the Hammers wish list but that fees were ‘very high’.
However, our source said: “At the moment things are proceeding at the sort of pace we would expect and that a fee of around 10 to 12 million euros for Ogbonna was a likely starting point. There’s some fencing going on.”