West Ham would be making a big mistake by signing Antonio Candreva

Antonio Candreva of FC Internazionale in action during the serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on May 6, 2018 in Udine, Italy.

West Ham United have been linked with a move for the Inter Milan winger.

Antonio Candreva of FC Internazionale attends the a press conference ahead of the 2017 International Champions Cup football match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Internazionale at...

According to a report from Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web, Inter Milan have contacted West Ham to offer them the services of Antonio Candreva, but the Hammers should be wary of bringing the Italian to the London Stadium.

West Ham have made some very poor mistakes in the transfer market over the past few years, bringing in foreign players who are well past their best for big transfer fees and extortionate wages.

Antonio Candreva (L) of Internazionale and Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus compete for the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale on December 9, 2017 in Turin,...

And the 31-year-old Candreva could very well fit into that category.

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The 54-capped Italy international joined Inter from Lazio in the summer of 2016, and he has gone on to rack up eight goals and 19 assists in 82 appearances for the Nezaruzzi - an underwhelming return for a winger.

The main concern for the Hammers, however, should be the fact that the Serie A is played at a far more pedestrian pace than the Premier League, and Candreva could very well find it hard to acclimatise to the step up in intensity, especially given the fact that he is on the wrong side of 31.

Inter Milan's forward Antonio Candreva from Italy reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Inter Milan Vs Benevento on February 24, 2018 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.

West Ham will surely be a more energetic, high-octane outfit under Manuel Pellegrini this season, and in order for the Chilean to implement his philosophy at the club, he will need to strengthen his ranks accordingly.

And it is highly doubtful that Candreva fits the profile of the kind of players who the Hammers need this summer.

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