By Coral Barry
West Ham are set to miss out on Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra after Zenit St Petersburg decided to meet the Italian club’s asking price, according to a report.
Juventus have put the player up for sale this summer after he struggled to establish himself at the club and the Hammers were re[prted to have tabled a £12.5million offer for the Argentine last month.
The 25-year-old was limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and poor form, but Tuttosport now claims Zenit have decided to match Juventus’ £13million valuation of the player.
Pereyra originally joined on loan from Udinese in 2014 before Juventus opted to activate the option to buy him permanently at the end of his stay for £10million.
West Ham were reportedly hopeful they could secure his services after Roma rejected Juventus’ approach to offer Pereyra in part exchange for Miralem Pjanic, while Southampton are another English club thought to be interested in the attack minded midfielder.
Pereyra missed out on a spot in Argentine’s Copa America squad after initially making the preliminary squad and is currently on holiday.
It was believed that Pereyra is happy at the club and would resist any move from Juventus to usher him out the door.
In other West Ham news, the Londoners are trying to steal a march on their rivals for this 19-year-old midfielder.