At the beginning of the January window, Aston Villa and West Ham reportedly tabled offers in a bid to sign Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino – and now Antonio Conte has a made a decision on his future.
Vecino, 29, is yet to make a single appearance for Inter this season, having suffered a long-term knee injury midway through the 2019-20 campaign. It has seen the Uruguayan ace linked with a January exit.
Italian website CalcioMercato claimed towards the end of December that Aston Villa and West Ham made bids to sign the midfielder – who joined Inter for £21.5million (Goal) in the summer of 2017, since playing 96 times.
However, TuttoMercatoWeb have rubbished any chances that Villa or West Ham have of netting Vecino – as they claim that Conte is ready to bring Vecino back into the fold with Christian Eriksen and Radja Nainggolan set to leave.
TBR’s view – Both could have done with Vecino
Villa have Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Ross Barkley as their first-choice midfield but their cover is some way below that quality. Conor Hourihane and Marvelous Nakamba have struggled when given the chance.
West Ham, meanwhile, are lacking in options. Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Mark Noble are the options, but after that, they boast little to play in central midfield. Vecino would have been decent for either side.