West Ham eyeing midfielder linked with United a year ago

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham United are reportedly weighing up a potentially appealing offer for Inter’s Saphir Taider, linked to Manchester United last summer.

Sam Allardyce has shown a propensity to look for reinforcements in Serie A of late, starting with January’s captures of Antonio Nocerino, Marco Borriello and Pablo Armero.

None of the trio will remain at Upton Park for next season after their loan deals expired but the Englishman appears to be casting his gaze to Italy once again this summer.

In the past weeks the Hammers have been linked with a move for Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, a Spain youth international that previously grabbed the attention of Manchester City.

But the East London outfit’s attempts to sign the Blucerchiati man on loan were by all accounts rebuffed, his employers keen on an outright sale instead.

Calcio News 24 have now picked up on a report from Algerian outlet DzFoot that West Ham are eyeing up Inter’s Saphir Taider, conceivably as an alternative to Obiang.

Like Obiang, the 22-year-old has mentioned in the same sentence as a giant of the game before. The Algerian’s agent indicated last summer that Manchester United had taken an interest in him.

However concrete the Red Devils’ interest ever was, Taider eventually joined Inter from Bologna on co-ownership. But he struggled to make his mark in Milan in 13 starts and 12 appearances from the bench in Serie A.

And as Yann M’Vila has already arrived at San Siro this summer with Gary Medel potentially following, competition in midfield at Inter is set to only increase.

The positive side of this for West Ham is that the Nerazzurri, who have since bought out Bologna’s 50% share in Taider, may be inclined to send him out on loan to get consistent minutes and develop.

Whilst the Hammers reportedly came up short in their pursuit of Obiang because Sampdoria only wanted to cash in, their desire for a midfielder on loan could be a strength in chasing Taider.

It doesn’t appear that a formal offer has yet been made, but should West Ham approach the Italian side with a loan proposal for Taider, Inter could foreseeably be receptive to the arrangement.

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