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Hammers chasing highly rated defender after a brilliant World Cup

Hammers chasing highly rated defender after a brilliant World Cup

West Ham United have reportedly seen a bid of £11m turned down for Genoa’s Diego Laxalt.

The Uruguay international had an impressive World Cup campaign this summer playing at full-back, attracting a lot of attention from a host of clubs.

The Hammers supposedly see him slotting into the left side of defence if they were to sign him, although the 25-year-old has more often than not been deployed as a midfielder for his club.

Genoa are reluctant to let their star go, but will have little choice but to accept a bid of around £16-18m for the versatile player.

Having failed to make the mark at Inter Milan three years ago, Laxalt has been a regular at Genoa, making over 70 appearances for the club in two seasons.

It is believed that Laxalt is also being chased by Premier League duo Everton and Bournemouth as well as the West Ham, but the Hammers are said to be in pole position to win the race to sign their man.

West Ham have been extremely busy in the summer transfer window so far, as new manager Manuel Pellegrini has already brought in seven new faces to the team as well as being linked with a whole host of others.

Laxalt would be the third South American to join the Hammers this summer if he was to sign, following Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena to the London Stadium.