Have West Ham missed a trick by not signing Milan Badelj for cut-price deal?

Milan Badelj of ACF Fiorentina in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

The Fiorentina ace would have been a cheaper alternative to Jonjo Shelvey for West Ham United.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United greet each other during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison...

The Hammers are close to sealing a £12 million deal to sign Newcastle ace Jonjo Shelvey, according to the Express, as David Moyes looks to bolster his midfield ranks at the London Stadium.

Have West Ham missed a trick, though, in not moving for Fiorentina ace Milan Badelj, who is out of contract with La Viola in June?

The Croatia international is an accomplished deep-lying midfield player, and possesses a wonderful array of passing skills. He would have been the ideal addition for the Hammers, and they could surely have signed him for a cut-price deal this month, with his contract so close to expiring with the Serie A side.

Milan Badelj of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Gianluca Caprari of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Artemio Franchi on...

Whilst the potential signing of Shelvey for £12 million represents decent business for West Ham in the current market, they could have earned themselves an even greater bargain by bringing Badelj to the club this month for a minimal fee, or even on a free transfer in the summer.

The 28-year-old midfielder is a proven commodity at the very highest level, and his 32 international caps for Croatia serve as evidence of his quality.

Mialn Badelj of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match betweenACF Fiorentina and Genoa CFC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 17, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

Badelj is also a physically robust player, and possesses all of the attributes required to be a success in the Premier League.

He would have been the ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble, but it looks like the east London outfit have missed a trick in not bringing him to the club this month, and instead focusing on the signing of Jonjo Shelvey from the Magpies.

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