West Hama are interested in signing defender Gian Marco Ferrari from Serie A club Sassuolo, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website that the Hammers and Marseille are two of the teams keen on landing the Italian enforcer.
It is understood that the 26-year-old is returning to Sassuolo this summer after spending the entire 2017/18 campaign out on loan with Sampdoria.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini is moving quickly to improve his squad this summer and has clearly identified his backline as an issue, but that is no surprise really after they conceded 68 league goals in the recent season. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and right-back Ryan Fredericks have breathed new life into the defence with their arrivals, while centre-back Issa Diop has also moved to the London Stadium. The Hammers have now switched focus on to Ferrari, who has proven himself to be a consistent defender in the Italian top-flight. He is a 6ft 2in (source: Transfermarkt) colossus defender that was a mainstay in the Sampdoria defence during the past 12 months, but whether he can now make the grade in the Premier League is a completely different question. West Ham now have the likes of Diop, Declan Rice, Winston Reid and Angelo Obonna as potential options in the heart of defence, why is why they could do with targeting a new midfield general this summer.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a Manchester United defender.