Report: West Ham plan to hijack Barcelona deal for highly-regarded defender
By Amir Mir
West Ham are aiming to hijack a deal for highly regarded Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the Hammers are interested in signing the 22-year-old who plays in Brazil as La Liga giants Barcelona are lining up a bid next summer.
Columbian-born Mina plays at centre-back and has four international caps for his country having made his debut in June 2016.
It is said that the Premier League club are aiming to secure a permanent switch for Mina or hoping for “an option further down the line”.
However, the east London club are aware that securing a deal for the youngster will be “hard” because other top European clubs are chasing him.
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Bilic’s side have conceded 35 goals from 20 games in the Premier League this season and recently shipped five in the FA Cup at home to Manchester City.
Nonetheless, it is said that the lure of regular football at the London stadium might work as Pep Guardiola’s side have also checked in on the defender.
Football Insider verdict:
This would be a very risky signing for Slaven Bilic and one they should not bother working on. First of all, they could be facing stiff competition from Europe’s elite, a battle they will end up losing and secondly Yerry Mina does not fit the bill that West Ham require at this moment in time. They need an experienced centre-back that can either fit in a back three or partner Winston Reid in a back four as they are not chasing European football this season but aiming to survive relegation. Not only that, the 22-year-old, who has never tasted English football, is not guaranteed to bring success to the club and the last thing Bilic needs is another failed signing.
In other West Ham transfer news, this striker is set to leave the Hammers in January.