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Report – West Ham scout €30m target

West Ham had a scout in attendance as Porto beat Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Cup earlier this week, with  Rodrigo Battaglia the likely object of attention.

Portuguese media reported that the 26-year-old midfielder was a target for the Hammers in the last transfer window, with Sporting placing a €30 million price on his head. 

And O Jogo say the Irons had a scout in Portugal watching  as the combative Argentine played 87 minutes in his side’s 1-0 defeat.

West Brom were also interested at the turn of the year, while the latest report claims that clubs such as Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool also had scouts in attendance.

Battaglia can play in central and defensive midfield, and has not missed a single game for Sporting in the Portuguese top-flight this season.

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He has registered one goal and one assist thus far, with Sporting losing just once. They are currently third, level on points with Benfica and two behind unbeaten Porto.

Summer target William Carvalho was unfit to play in the Cup encounter and should the Hammers again become involved in negotiations for the player it could open a second interesting ‘soap opera’ between the two clubs following their interest in him in the summer.

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10 comments on “Report – West Ham scout €30m target

  1. Ffs bit late now …only had 4 weeks to sort it …more spin

  2. 30m eh?

    Sullivan set to bid £1.47 up front then 20p a week with a pack of quavers and free copy of Rise of the Krays after 2349 appearnaces

  3. Think at the moment we need to concentrate on survivals in The Premiership rather than the mere Dreams & wishes of signings, that just like a Bubble Fade & Die!

  4. Hold on , 1 goal AND 1 assist………………Really???????? And the other bloke’s out injured ????? I hope this is another case of ‘Fake News’ , that we’d be interested in either????!!!!!!!!????

  5. Agreed Jay. It is bad enough when the window is open. And none of them will come anyway if we go down.

  6. How many times do we have to be told DON’T DEAL WITH SPORTING. They’ll just use us to bump up the price and won’t sell to anyone.

  7. Click bate !! I stopped reading after the likely object of attention ! !! There’s been enough pieces on the transfer front and everyone has had their say ! We need to see what happens in the remainder of the season before even talking about targets ( or made up ones lol) Watford is the next game , I’m more concerned with that than this tosh 😉

  8. More boring speculation!

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