By Pranav Shahaney

24th Jun, 2021 | 2:10pm

Report: Giovanni Simeone open to summer transfer amid West Ham links

West Ham-linked Giovanni Simeone is seemingly keen on leaving Cagliari this summer after spending five years there.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Simeone is set to have discussions with manager Leonardo Semplici amid interest from overseas.

The report states that he is eager to test himself in another country, and West Ham are said to have already made a move to sign the Argentina international.

Hammers’ links with the Argentina international are not new as he was on the club’s radar in the January window as well when Sebastien Haller parted ways with the club.

Calciomercato reported that West Ham made a loan offer and were willing to pay £900,000 up front, but Cagliari rejected their bid and he stayed put in Italy.

Now, they’ve reported that West Ham are once again in the hunt for the player and recently had another loan bid rejected as they offered only £850,000 to sign him for the rest of the season.

Not what we need

Simeone’s an average player at best and there’s a reason why he’s still at a relegation-threatened Serie A club.

He may have played for his country, but he is in no way a reliable option and has the tendency to go missing for several games in a row.

The Argentine started the season strongly scoring five in his first six, but then managed to grab one more in his next 27 games – not something that we need at West Ham given our struggles in the goal-scoring department for the last few years.

What we need is someone who can hit the ground running, preferably with Premier League experience or somebody consistently bagging good numbers in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Tammy Abraham is certainly one player we have to move heaven and earth to acquire as he could be the forward that can take us to the next level.

In other West Ham news, Hammers table £15m bid to sign new player, talks ongoing – Italian journo

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