Report: Roma want eight-figure sum for West Ham, Watford-linked attacker Gervinho


West Ham United and Watford have been linked with former Arsenal star Gervinho.

According to a report by Tutto Mercato Web, Italian side Roma want as much as £10.6 million for former Arsenal flop Gervinho amid interest from the Premier League.

The Ivorian international was all-but set to end his two-year stay in the Italian capital by making a surprise switch to the UAE, with Sky Sports Italia claiming Al Jazira was the expected destination.

However, the proposed switch failed to materialise prompting Premier League duo West Ham United and Watford to see if they can capitalise on the situation, as stated in the report by TMW.

The money Al Jazira were willing to pay for Gervinho was said to be an eight-figure bid, and here within lies the problem for any potential suitor looking to strike a deal for the former Gunner.

As per TMW, the Serie A giants have kept his valuation in line with the UAE bid causing an extended silence on the matter, largely because no club is remotely interested in paying such inflated sums.

Alternative targets:

Over the past month or so, Watford and West Ham have been among the busier Premier League clubs in the transfer market and their signings suggest a potential Gervinho deal is now dead in the water,

The Hammers have brought in Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini to add to their existing attacking options, though boss Slaven Bilic is still targeting more names ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Watford, on the other hand, have added as many as 11 new players this summer on permanent deals, with Jose Manuel Jurado and Steven Berghuis being the latest attacking additions.

The Hornets’ best business of the summer, however, has been keeping hold of star striker Troy Deeney and alongside Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra, they are more than fine on the attacking front - suggesting a Premier League return for Gervinho may not arrive any time soon, despite the reported interest.

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