Report: Fiorentina keen on signing West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna on loan

Fiorentina are reportedly hoping to sign the West Ham defender in January.

According to a report in TuttoMercatoWeb, West Ham centre-back Angelo Ogbonna has been picking up interest from Serie A side Fiorentina, as they look to retain their lead at the top of the Italian league table.

Ogbonna, 27, has been one of West Ham’s best players this season, excelling at the heart of the Hammers’ back-line in the team who are performing so well.

Slaven Bilic and his fellow management staff completed one of the deals of the summer by managing to bring in Ogbonna from Juventus, and it is no surprise that the centre-back’s performances are earning rave reviews, and transfer interest, from other sides.

Fiorentina want to bring him in over January, and the report states that they are surveying West Ham’s interest about loaning him out for six months, taking him from January until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Ogbonna, who has 10 caps for Italy, is heavily experienced in Serie A - having spent his entire career there before moving to West Ham - and clearly La Viola believe he has shown good enough form to keep them at the top of Serie A this campaign.

However, Ogbonna has been central to West Ham’s early season success, and his absence from the team only came about due to injury. He has since remained on the substitutes bench, but Bilic sees him as a key member of his first-team.

There is almost no chance of West Ham letting Ogbonna leave in January, and even Fiorentina making an enquiry into his services seems pointless.

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