By Pranav Shahaney

29th Aug, 2021 | 5:10pm

West Ham want to sign Luca Pellegrini on loan before August 31 deadline

West Ham are reportedly looking to rope in Juventus left-back Luca Pellegrini on loan before the window shuts on August 31.

According to Goal Italia journalist Romeo Agresti, the Hammers are keen on bringing the 22-year-old on a temporary basis this summer.

Having completed deals for Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma, West Ham are still looking to bring more players in through the door and have identified the Italy international as a transfer target.

Good move?

It’s clear that Hammers need to find a replacement for Aaron Cresswell as the Englishman is on the wrong side of 30 and may not have too long left where he can afford to start week in and week out.

Arthur Masuaku, who’s been his understudy has been a long-term injury absentee and we’re not sure the player who’ll turn up once he’s fully recovered.

Pellegrini may be an upgrade on both of them, at least in terms of his attacking prowess, but defensively he is often caught out of position and isn’t the best in terms of 1v1 duels either.

That said, the 22-year-old is pretty well-built for a full-back and is extremely speedy so is a treat to watch up and down the wing.

Opposition defenders will be put on the back foot whenever he’s got the ball at his feet and David Moyes could look to explore having him in the side for a season.

Speaking at the Gala del Calcio Triveneto in November 2019, Italy Under-21 squad Paolo Nicolato said, as transcribed by Breaking The Lines, “He has remarkable physical skills and certainly he is a youngster destined to have a great career. I want to add that every player of his age.”

It remains to be seen whether the Hammers can prise the 22-year-old away from Turin in the coming days.

In other West Ham news, Club wants £17m for Euro title winner with 17 G+A, Hammers in hot pursuit – reliable journo

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