West Ham set sights on another Serie A man, but who?

After Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino, West Ham United are reportedly turning to Serie A for reinforcements once more in Pablo Armero.

The Italian duo were brought in this past week to shore up Sam Allardyce’s squad ahead of the stretch run – the Hammers in the thick of a relegation battle.

Wednesday’s scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge saw the Upton Park outfit escape west London with a crucial point, along with scathing criticism from Jose Mourinho.

Allardyce has already noted that he will take no mind to his Portuguese counterpart’s venom, the focus turning back to the transfer market for a final push.

According to Sky Sport Italia, West Ham are prepared to again go shopping in Italy with a move for Napoli wing-back Pablo Armero.

The Colombia international only joined the club on a permanent basis this past summer for €4m – initially arriving on loan from Udinese in January 2013.

Boss Rafael Benitez is believed to desire more conventional full-backs at the San Paolo, with Saint-Etienne’s Faouzi Ghoulam having passed a medical and set to complete his switch to southern Italy.

Armero had been close to landing with AC Milan in exchange for Kevin Constant, but the Rossoneri man turned down the swap – effectively ending his side’s bid for the 27-year-old’s services.

Italian sources have maintained that Armero’s agent will fly to Milan to meet with Napoli officials in view of securing a move to West Ham.

Initial reports suggested that a loan deal is in the offing, though it remains unclear what the final nature of any agreement would entail.

First choice left-back Razvan Rat has won the affection of Hammers supporters since joining on a free transfer over the summer, but has struggled with fitness issues and made only 11 Premier League starts.

The Romanian’s contract expires at the end of the current term and though the deal is extendable,West Ham may view Armero as a better long term option than the 32-year-old.

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