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Hammers eye Argentine midfielder

Filed: Friday, 29th December 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are one of several clubs being linked with a January move for Argentine international Nicolas Gaitan.

The 29-year-old midfielder is currently out of favour at his current club Atletico Madrid, for whom he has started just six La Liga matches this campaign, and is set to be sold next month according to AS.

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And whilst Colchoneros are seeking a fee in the region of £15million for a player signed last year from Benfica for €25 million, a short-term loan move to England may be of interest to Gaitan who has failed to settle at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 5'8" midfielder, who began his career in his home country with Boca Juniors can also operate as a winger, offering the kind of versatility that could be of interest to Hammers boss David Moyes.

* Diafra Sakho could be set to leave West Ham in the next few days - after receiving a bumper offer from China.

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The wantaway striker has been looking for a way of of the club for some considerable time and could be set to become the latest Premier League player to move to the Far East, according to a piece in the Express.

Shanghai Shenhua, who play in the 33,000 capacity Hongkou Football Stadium and only became a professional outfit 24 years ago are seeking to land the Senegal international. West Ham are likley to ask around £15million for the 28-year-old.

* West Ham are keeping tabs on the situation regarding Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schürrle.

The former Chelsea player, 27, is seeking a new challenge for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign having featured less frequently than he would have liked for his current club.

And with the World Cup Finals just six months away, agent Ingo Haspel insists that he could be tempted by a temporary switch. "Basically Andre wants to play as much as possible," said Haspel. "If the playing time is not guaranteed then it would be downright negligent not to think about what the future might look like and where to get more."

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