West Ham United are reportedly interested in Boac Juniors youngster Agustin Almendra.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Hammers are one of several clubs keen on the Argentinian midfielder having earned ‘rave reviews’ since breaking onto the scene last year.
Central midfield has been something of a weak area for West Ham this season, with Declan Rice and Mark Noble playing the bulk of the games.
It can be argued that the quality in reserve isn’t sufficient enough, with Carlos Sanchez having been a disastrous signing and Jack Wilshere a long-term injury absentee.
The Irons did sign Tomas Soucek in January, and fans will hope he’ll prove to be a good addition.
20-year-old Almendra’s asking price has apparently come down recently because he hasn’t been playing as regularly and wants to leave. It is not stated what kind of offer would tempt Boca to sell.
Almendra, who has five caps for the Argentina U20s, has made turned out just six times in the Superliga so far this season.
TBR’s view – Almendra deal may hinge on PL safety success
Although Boca could potentially let the player leave, a move may be dependant on whether West Ham can ensure their Premier League safety.
At the moment the club are in serious danger of dropping down into the Championship, with some hard fixtures coming up over the next few weeks.
Almendra is a talent who will surely want to play for a club in the English top-flight, so West Ham have to give themselves the best chance of landing the player by staying up.