West Ham transfer round-up: Italian striker targeted; Calleri complications; Lyon winger bid lodged

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A select round-up of the latest West Ham United transfer news...

Manolo GabbiadiniManolo Gabbiadini

First up is news emanating from Italy suggesting that West Ham United are set to revive their interest in Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, as reported by CalcioMercato.

The report suggests that the Hammers are prepared to offer £21 million in an attempt to secure the services of the 24-year-old Italian.

Meanwhile, the Hammers have been linked with a move for Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal, with French newspaper L'Equipe reporting that the East London club have submitted a bid of £6.85 million for the 24-year-old Algerian international.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesRachid Ghezzal

In worrying news for West Ham fans, Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barcelona have entered the race to sign long-term Hammers target Jonathan Calleri.

The report claims that the delay in Calleri receiving his work permit approval has allowed the Spanish giants to make a last minute move for the Argentine.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJonathan Calleri

In other news, West Ham's new record signing Andre Ayew has spoken to the club's official website, claiming he is not phased by his hefty price-tag.

"What is important is the field," he said. "I need to do my job, train hard and be ready to prove that I deserve to play for West Ham - that's what's important. The fee is talks between the clubs, not me."

And finally, West Ham cult hero Carlton Cole is the latest in a long line of former Premier League players to head out to America, joining third-tier side Sacramento Republic FC on a free transfer, as confirmed by the club's official website.

West Ham's Carlton Cole Carlton Cole

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