Report: West Ham hopeful of signing Argentina international Federico Mancuello for £2.5m

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West Ham are eyeing in form winger Federico Mancuello.

West Ham are looking to sign Argentine midfielder Federico Mancuello, report The Sun.

Mancuello plays for Independiente and has two international caps for Argentina, with one goal, netting against El Salvador.

The 26-year-old plays predominantly as a central midfielder but is also capable of featuring at left wing or at left-back.

In 34 games in all competitions in 2015 Mancuello has scored 13 goals and provided nine assists.

The Sun claim West Ham are hopeful of signing him at just £2.5 million, and do not need to worry about a work permit as he hold an Italian passport.

The Hammers are unlikely to be the only side interested, and the bargain price could increase.

He has played in South America his entire career to date, into his second spell with Independiente after a brief stint at Belgrano.

West Ham are currently adjusting to the loss of Dmitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini to injury, and have drawn their last two games 0-0.

Both are expected back in the New Year, but the addition of Mancuello would mean they will have greater strength in depth, and he could develop into a real star in the Premier League.

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