Date: 28th January 2018 at 9:29am
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West Ham have made a last-ditch approach to Bologna about signing left-back Adam Masina before the end of the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers have contacted the mid-table Serie A club about snapping up Masina, 21, on loan before Wednesday’s deadline, which is now just around the corner.

It is understood that West Ham have “asked about” the Italy Under-21 international as David Moyes looks to strengthen the left-hand side of his squad.

Masina has been a regular for Bologna in Serie A this season as they sit 12th in the Italian top-flight standings.

The left-sided flyer, capable of playing at left-back or on the wing, has made 20 appearances in all competitions.

West Ham’s interest in Masina comes after a shocking FA Cup Fourth Round defeat to Wigan in which first-team left-back Aaron Cresswell had an absolute shocker and was slammed by fans on Twitter.

Football Insider verdict

Masina could be the perfect kind of player to replace Cresswell on the left side of a back three that Moyes has been employing recently. The Moroccan-born Italian youth international is much taller and bulkier, so is therefore much more better with dealing with high balls. Cresswell’s performances are not helped by the fact he is more of an attacking player than a defensive one. Masina is a left-back who can do more a defensive job that anything, but still has the ability to press forward when needed. West Ham may not have gone into this window looking for a left-back, but they should go out and get one.

In other West Ham news, this French forward wanted by the Irons has completed a £9.6million switch.

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