Report: Napoli hope to sign Roberto Pereyra before West Ham make late move

Juventus' Roberto Pereyra celebrates scoring their first goal

Napoli are reportedly hoping to make sure West Ham don't land Roberto Pereyra.

Roberto Pereyra - JuventusRoberto Pereyra of Juventus

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli will meet with the agent of Roberto Pereyra in a bid to make sure the Juventus playmaker doesn't move to West Ham United or Zenit St. Petersburg.

Pereyra, 25, came up through the ranks with River Plate in his native Argentina, but his potential earned him a big move to Udinese in the summer of 2011.

Juventus' Roberto Pereyra celebrates scoring their first goal

Pereyra's impressive displays with Udinese, where he scored eight goals in 98 games, earned him a 2014 move to Serie A rivals Juventus, where first-team football has been hard to come by.

During Pereyra's time with the Turin giants, manager Massimiliano Allegri has had the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira at his disposal, meaning Pereyra has been a bit-part player, making just 13 league appearances last season.

Juventus' Roberto Pereyra and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa in actio

Now, Pereyra - who has ten Argentina caps to his name - is looking to leave Juventus in order to play games elsewhere, and Napoli appear to be leading the race for his signature.

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Napoli are meeting with Pereyra's agent later today in order to try and strike a deal - and they want to rush through the move because they are concerned that West Ham and Zenit St. Petersburg could make late moves for the player.

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The Hammers have already signed winger Sofiane Feghouli, but could add another playmaker as competition for Dimitri Payet and Pereyra's compatriot Manuel Lanzini.

The Daily Mail reported back in May that West Ham wanted to lure Pereyra to East London, and two months on, Napoli are worried that they will finally firm up their interest as his Juventus exit draws closer - and it now remains to be seen whether Slaven Bilic's men do attempt to beat Napoli to his signature.

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