Giovanni Simeone has announced his intention to leave Cagliari this summer after Premier League outfit West Ham United made a bid for the Argentina striker, while speaking via CalcioNews24.
The list of strikers on West Ham’s radar would make the Magna Carta look short and succinct.
With less than two months of the transfer window remaining, the Hammers are casting their net far and wide as they look to bring in some much-needed competition for Michail ‘the human wrecking ball’ Antonio before the end of August.
And Simeone is just one of many potential targets.
According to Calciomercato, Cagliari rejected an initial loan bid from West Ham in late-June, standing firm on their valuation of a striker who moved to Sardinia for a cool £14 million after impressive spells at Fiorentina and Genoa.
But with Simeone taking to the media to make his stance clear, Cagliari may have little choice but to listen if West Ham come calling again.
Will Giovanni Simeone be the striker West Ham sign this summer?
“I am 26 years old and I have to raise my level. (I am) looking for a project that will help me grow,” said the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego.
“I don’t intend only to play well, but to constantly improve by learning from mistakes, thanks to a precise game organisation and a coach capable of making me strong.”
A manager renowned for his organised approach to the game, and his ability to help promising youngsters develop their talents? David Moyes would tick a few of these boxes, with Simeone exactly the kind of hard-running number nine who would thrive in the Scot’s lone-striker system.
Cagliari narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A last season despite boasting a talented and experienced squad, with Nahitan Nandez also in line for a move to the Premier League.
Leeds have all-but agreed a deal with the Uruguayan international, although a £31 million price-tag is proving to be a rather substantial stumbling block.