According to the Italian publication TMW, newly-promoted Spanish outfit Real Betis have joined the race to sign Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna.
The Italian defender started 18 Serie A matches last season, but Juventus’s decision to side-line him during the club’s big matches has led to plenty of speculation over his future.
However, if the Premier League duo wish to move forward with their reported interest they may have to act quickly as La LIga new boys Real Betis have seemingly joined the race to acquire him.
Tuttomercato reveal how the Andalusian club recently hired Serie A expert Eduardo Macia as their new sporting director and Ogbonna has quickly been pinpointed alongside Luca Marrone as a viable target.
Should West Ham United make a move for Angelo Ogbonna?
Newly-appointed West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has a tough job to do with the Hammers, especially considering the club’s more direct style of play under former boss Sam Allardyce.
The Croatian coach favours a possession-based style, and as such he will need his defenders to play the ball out from the back – a trait they rarely used under former instructions.
Aside from his defensive capabilities, Ogbonna is also calm in possession and at Juventus is almost forced to play the ball out from the back – averaging an 89.4% pass success rate last season.
He would be an ideal player to help build from at the back, and at just 27-years of age he has plenty of time on his side to become a crowd favourite at Upton Park.