Diego Laxalt's versatility could make him a £9m bargain for West Ham

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been linked with the Uruguayan.

According to a recent report from the print edition of Correire dello Sport (24/07/2017 page 18), West Ham United have bid £9million for Genoa's Diego Laxalt, and if the Hammers seal a deal for the versatile 24-year-old it would be another canny piece of transfer business.

The Uruguayan is predominantly a left winger although he can also play on the opposite flank, as a left-back or in the centre of the park if required, and that could make him the perfect cut-price addition to Slaven Bilic's blossoming squad.

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The arrivals of Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic have completely transformed the West Ham squad, but that does not mean their summer business is complete and a player who can solve a number of different problems over a single season could be just what Bilic needs.

In an inflated transfer market, £9million for such a talented footballer still to reach his peak is a no-brainer, and when you consider the criticism Aaron Cresswell suffered at times last season, as well as the injury suffered by Arthur Masuaku, another player who can operate at left-back would not go amiss.

While it is further forward where Laxalt does his best work, he could do a great job as a utility player; something West Ham may need as they look to kick on next season, challenging at the right end of the table and potentially fighting for some silverware to boot.

Laxalt has just a year remaining on his current contract so a knock-down price is possible, and the Hammers look to have made their move in an attempt to beat off the competition.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic before the match

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