Should West Ham attempt to hijack Napoli's reported move for Southampton's Mario Lemina?

Southampton Welsh manager Mark Hughes greets Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and...

The Southampton midfielder would be a great addition to the West Ham United squad.

Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium in...

According to Get French Football News, Napoli have opened discussions with Southampton ace Mario Lemina's agents over the possibility of bringing the Gabonese midfielder to Italy this summer, but West Ham should attempt to hijack the deal.

The 24-year-old joined the Saints from Juventus in the summer of 2017, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £18.2 million, according to BBC Sport, and he has really impressed during his time on the south coast.

The Hammers are in dire need of a technically gifted operator in the middle of the park, especially with Mark Noble on the wrong side of 31, and Lemina could be just the man for the job.

Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton (C) celebrates as he scores their second goal from the penalty spot with Shane Long and Mario Lemina during the Premier League match between Southampton...

The Southampton star is a wonderful passer of the football, and that combined with his superb vision enables him to really dictate the tempo of the game through the middle of the park.

Lemina's experience of playing at the very highest level with Juventus and Marseille for such a prolonged period of time could prove to be invaluable to West Ham.

Signing the Gabon ace would come with the added bonus that he has already experienced a season playing in the Premier League.

Mario Lemina of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

The Saints star would perfectly compliment Cheikhou Kouyaté and Pedro Obiang in the heart of the Hammers' midfield, and he could be the ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble.

The report from Get French Football News suggests that formal negotiations between Napoli and Southampton have not yet begun, so the door is still open for the Hammers to make a late move, if they so wish.

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