By Alex Beard

22nd Jan, 2020 | 4:57pm

Report: West Ham make £11.8m bid for midfielder

The one big hole in this West Ham United squad at present, after the signing of Darren Randolph, is at central midfield.

Manager David Moyes is hugely reliant on Declan Rice and Mark Noble at present, with Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez no one’s idea of good depth behind them.

There are some youngsters out on loan who offer hope – Josh Cullen and Conor Coventry in particular – but another one to get the team through until the end of the season would be ideal for the Hammers.

It seems that the club are thinking the same thing, because Italian outlet SampNews24 reported on Wednesday that the east London outfit have had an £11.8million bid for Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira rejected.

The former Leeds United star has been one of the surprises of the season in Serie A, and he’s done enough to compel the Irons to make an offer.

However, Claudio Ranieri’s side have rejected their bid because they want him to stay at least until the end of the season.

Is Vieira the man for West Ham?

He’s certainly a man, and at present that would appear to do for the Hammers in central midfield. They need somebody to help out Rice and Noble, and Vieira’s as good as anybody.

He’s averaging 1.5 tackles and 1.5 clearances per game, to go with 1.3 shots and 1.2 key passes with a pass success rate of 82.6%.

Those are pretty solid numbers, especially for a 21-year-old who is only going to get better in the years to come. Honestly, would you rather Vieira or Joe Allen moving forward? Probably the former.

In other West Ham news, Moyes has admitted that he’s ready to reinvigorate his Hammers squad next season.