Report: West Ham linked with former Arsenal forward Gervinho


West Ham reportedly want to sign former Arsenal forward Gervinho this summer.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, West Ham are reportedly keen on signing Gervinho from AS Roma this summer.

The former Arsenal forward struggled to establish himself during his two years with the Gunners, failing to live up to his reputation in 63 appearances.

He scored 11 goals and registered 12 assists in those games, before leaving in the summer of 2013 to sign with Roma. He starred during his first season in Italy, but the 2014/15 campaign saw another loss of form, and a summer exit is expected.

The Ivorian international looked set to join Al-Jazira earlier this month, but the move fell through when his demands were too much for the Abu Dhabi club to handle.

However, West Ham have now reportedly entered the race to sign him, with the report claiming that he could be set to move on a season-long loan to the Hammers. Roma want to include an obligation to purchase him outright at the end of the deal, with a £10 million fee mooted.

Would Gervinho suit West Ham?

Although not a top class player, Gervinho does bring a goal and assist threat to any team, and he may be the perfect player for the Hammers. Despite all the reinforcements brought to the Boleyn Ground this summer, the East London club still lack a direct runner in the attacking third.

Gervinho could be that player, and his adaptability to play both up front and on the wing solves a number of problems in their first-team squad. He may not be a great player, but for a club on the rise such as West Ham, Gervinho could be the perfect step up to the next level.

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