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Irons lining up move for £8.5m defender – report

West Ham are interested in doing a deal to sign Arthur Theate from Bologna in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Hammers have been linked with a potential swoop to sign the defender, with reports emerging last week.

Bologna are said to be considering a switch to a back three for the next season, meaning that the Belgium international would suddenly become surplus to requirements.

As a result, the Hammers are said to be lining up a potential move to bring the 22 year old to England.

Bologna are willing to let the centre-back go for around £8.5m, a cheap fee that is well within the Irons’ budget.

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Of course, David Moyes is desperate to sign a new centre-back this summer and is also eyeing Nayef Aguerd of Rennes, but Theate could be an interesting back-up option.

He made 31 appearances in Serie A this season as Bologna finished 13th.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.