By Alex Beard

11th Feb, 2020 | 2:21pm

Report: West Ham failed with move for Inter midfielder last month

West Ham United had quite an eventful winter transfer window last month, with a few important additions brought into the club.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, central midfielder Tomas Soucek and forward Jarrod Bowen arrived from Middlesbrough, Slavia Prague and Hull City respectively.

However, for all the quality they brought in, there were some top class potential recruits they missed out on.

There was plenty of talk about a swoop for Inter Milan stalwart Matias Vecino, of course, but nothing materialised there.

Having said that, it appears that David Moyes’ team were also taking a look at a different Inter midfielder while they were over in Milan.

Yes, Italian outlet Calcio Mercato reported on Monday night that the east London outfit failed in a move for Inter ace Roberto Gagliardini last month.

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It’s said that the Irons were very serious about their pursuit of the 25-year-old, but that Antonio Conte didn’t want to lose him mid-season.

Would Gagliardini have been a good addition?

He’s a decent player who’s proven himself at a high level, but he wouldn’t have been a make or break type of signing.

He’s played 15 times for Inter this campaign, but only 11 of those have been starts. He’s had significant injury problems, certainly.

He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that, he can do a bit of everything. However, the early indications are that Soucek will become a really valuable player for the Hammers.

Obviously Gagliardini also would’ve been good, but it feels like things worked out OK for the Irons.

In other West Ham news, a former England international has been banging the drum for the departure of a key player.