Ruslan Malinovskyi is now “ready” to leave Atalanta having fallen further out of favour, with West Ham in the race for January, Calcio Mercato reports.
The Ukrainian international was a target in the summer but the Hammers weren’t willing to meet the Bergamo club’s €50million price tag [Calcio Mercato, 13 September].
But with the 29-year-old attacking midfielder only getting appearances off the bench this season he is now prepared to move, having fallen behind Ademola Lookman and Mario Pasalic.
According to Calcio Mercato, Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi’s price is now a minimum of €30million, and the destination will have to satisfy the player.
But a move now appears likely and the Hammers are one of four teams, with Marseille, Tottenham and Nottingham Forest, who have already made contact.
Malinovskyi has made 12 total appearances this season, recording one goal and one assist in the opening two matches, but hasn’t completed 90 minutes once.
They are hardly giving him away but a reduction of up to €20million [£17million] is sure to wake the interested teams up over a winter deal.
It seems pretty unlikely that Nottingham Forest are going to be able to shell out that sort of money on top of the legion of signings they made in the summer.
And Spurs spent £60million in Richarlison from Everton before the season, on top of the attacking stars they already have.
But with a club-record fee spent late in the window on Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta is remains to be seen whether David Moyes is still on the lookout for another option in a similar position.
He could probably use the help in the squad after the disappointing home defeat by Crystal Palace on Sunday (6 November) stalled the recent progress and leaves West Ham sitting in 15th this far into the season.
He has used Flynn Downes in an advanced role with Paqueta absent recently, despite the Englishman looking far more comfortable deep.
And Premier League sides can rarely turn down a bargain so if a significant amount of money has come off the price tag then it might be too tempting to resist.