By Danny Wright
Inter Milan are plotting a late summer swoop for West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website on Tuesday night that European giants Inter are planning to offer playmaker Marcelo Brozovic as part of a swap deal for the Hammers centre-back.
However it is understood that Ogbonna, 29, is content in London while Inter are also other looking at other centre-back targets including Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal and Elaquim Mangala of Manchester City.
Brozovic, 24, would no doubt be an exciting addition to Slaven Bilic’s squad, but with the Hammers’ recent pursuit of William Carvalho falling through, it seems that the Premier League side are intent on signing a more defensive-minded midfielder.
Inter’s Croatian international is usually utilised in a more attacking position and his sole appearance this season against Fiorentina saw him feature in the No 10 role.
Ogbonna signed for West Ham in 2015 and has made 68 appearances across all competitions since then.
The 13-times Italy international has started three of the club’s four fixtures so far this term, but the Hammers’ defence has come in for some harsh criticism after shipping 10 goals in three league matches.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham should have deep concerns about their defence because it’s the one area that they haven’t done enough work on this summer. While Winston Reid doesn’t look like his former self, Ogbonna, Jose Fonte and James Collins aren’t players that match the ambition that the Irons have. That being said, Bilic cannot afford to lose any of them unless someone better comes in, that means that Inter’s swap deal isn’t something that they should consider. Although Ogbonna doesn’t want to leave anyway, Brozovic isn’t the type of player that the Irons need. A player like Carvalho should be of peak interest for Bilic, but it looks like time is about to run out for them to get someone of that calibre.