West Ham United are reportedly ready to return for Gary Medel this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the club had tried to sign the midfielder in January after being led to believe that they would not have to pay a fee.
Unfortunately for the manager, Medel’s club Besiktas apparently demanded a fee and a deal never materialised.
According to Turkish publication Takvim though, Medel will be allowed to leave at the end of the current season, and the Hammers are ready to try again.
Pellegrini signing his fellow countryman for nothing would represent good business by the club.
Medel did experience relegation with Cardiff City back in 2014, but that did not put off Inter Milan, who paid £10 million for him (BBC Sport).
He had a largely successful stint at San Siro, playing 109 games in three full seasons. To date, he has made 68 appearances for Besiktas – again being a trusted starter.
If West Ham are able to sign up him for nothing, then they’d be getting a vastly experienced player. He has competed in three ‘top five’ European leagues in his career so far and also has 116 caps for Chile, whom he has captained.
Medel could provide good cover for Mark Noble, and is also able to comfortably operate in defence. He would bring aggressive streak and also leadership.