Report: Crystal Palace bids for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro rejected, West Ham keen

Juventus have allegedly snubbed two bids from Crystal Palace for Stefano Sturaro.

According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace have failed with two bids for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro - and West Ham are lurking in the background.

Sturaro, 22, joined Juventus from Genoa back in 2014, but was loaned back to their Serie A rivals for the first half of last season, before becoming a hero in Turin.

The midfielder played a starring role as Juventus beat Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final last season, making an unbelievable block to prevent James Rodriguez scoring from close range.

The biggest problem for the Italian midfielder has been playing on a regular basis. Last term, Sturaro was competing for playing time with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio, and whilst Pirlo and Vidal both left over the summer, Massimiliano Allegri then brought in Sami Khedira, Hernandes and Mario Lemina.

With eight Serie A starts so far this season as well as four Champions League starts, Sturaro is making a name for himself in Turin - but his performances appear to have triggered interest.

The Mirror report that Crystal Palace have made two bids for Sturaro, but both have been rejected. The first was to take him on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy, whilst the second was a cash deal worth £9m - but, much to the Eagles' disappointment, both were snubbed.

It's stated that Sturaro will consider a move to England in the summer, but Palace should be wary that London rivals West Ham United are also believed to be interested in signing Sturaro, though they have yet to make a bid for him like Palace have.

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