Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed that Everton and West Ham United are interested in signing Torino star Ola Aina this summer, after the London-born ace enjoyed a solid campaign in Serie A.
Aina, 23, completed a £9million (Goal) move to Torino on a permanent basis last summer, after previously going on loan to Torino from Chelsea the season prior. He has clocked up 25 appearances this season, and has 57 in total for Torino.
That form is said to have attracted both Everton and West Ham, who could be on the lookout for a new left-sided defender. Aina’s versatility, which allows him to play as a full-back, wing-back or left winger, is likely to attract suitors.
The 14-time Nigeria international only ever managed six senior appearances for Chelsea after coming through the ranks with the west London club, and then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told the Express: “He’s a boy with lots of potential”.
TBR’s view – Everton or West Ham, for Aina?
Everton need cover for Lucas Digne as Leighton Baines’ future at the club remains in doubt. His current deal expires in June, and it remains to be seen if Carlo Ancelotti will extend the former Wigan star’s terms.
Cover for Digne could be targeted and Aina may be the man Ancelotti wants – with The Toffees being linked to a whole host of Serie A stars. West Ham may also want a new left-sided defender, with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku coming under fire.