Report: West Ham close to signing Esteban Cambiasso after holding talks

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West Ham could beat Aston Villa to the signature of Esteban Cambiasso.

According to The Sun, West Ham have moved closer to a deal for Esteban Cambiasso after holding talks with the player's brother.

Cambiasso, who turns 35 next month, played for Leicester City last season, showing he still has the quality which helped him win the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

After 33 appearances and five goals for the Foxes last season, Cambiasso is out of contract this summer - and could look to move on from the King Power Stadium despite Leicester's hopes of keeping him at the club.

The Sun believe that West Ham are moving closer to signing Cambiasso, having held talks with the player's brother Federico last week, who is also the player's agent - though Aston Villa are also interested in the Argentine.

The report also states that West Ham are also waiting for Alex Song to prove his fitness before sanctioning a £3m permanent move from Barcelona; a deal which could be in jeopardy should the Hammers manage to add Cambiasso to their already impressive summer additions, which have seen them add Carl Jenkinson, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet.

What would Cambiasso add to the West Ham midfield?

New manager Slaven Bilic oversaw the addition of Obiang earlier this summer, giving him another athletic, physical option in the middle alongside Cheikhou Kouyate - and possibly Song.

However, Cambiasso is a more technically gifted player with excellent quality on the ball and a wide range of passing - a huge factor in a career which has seen him play for Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Having proved his class in the Premier League last season, Cambiasso would be a superb free transfer signing for West Ham, who may be looking for a deep lying playmaker having already collected box-to-box midfielders.

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