West Ham United have reportedly rejected the chance to sign Kevin Malcuit from Napoli.
Arena Napoli have claimed the Hammers were offered the chance to land the right-back, with an intermediary proposing a deal.
Malcuit is said to be surplus to requirements in Naples, having been at the club for two years after joining from Lille for a reported £10.5 million (ESPN).
Currently, he is behind Elseid Hysaj and Giovanni Di Lorenzo in the pecking order and his future seemingly lies away from the Stadio San Paolo.
It doesn’t look as though his next club will be West Ham though, with a host of clubs such as Sassuolo, Benevento, Roma all keen, as well as French sides Strasbourg, Rennes and his former club Lille.
Right-back is one of the positions in need of some attention at West Ham, with Ryan Fredericks having not totally convinced.
TBR’s View – Malcuit could have been a risk
Malcuit made just four league appearances last season after picking up an ACL injury.
It is perhaps therefore unsurprising that the Hammers didn’t feel comfortable doing a deal.
Right-back is an area of concern, but the Hammers can’t be taking gambles on players that have suffered serious injuries.
Malcuit was a lively and creative full-back during his time at Lille, but he hasn’t pulled up trees in Italy and there is no telling he’d be able to return to his past levels for West Ham.