West Ham are interested in signing Daniele Rugani from Juventus, and if he is as good as Angelo Ogbonna, it could be a great signing.
All in all the transfer window has been an entire shambles for West Ham so far. No new faces have joined as of yet, Grady Diangana leaving the club and David Sullivan failing to impress the fan base on Talksport. The only positive business has been the confirmation of Tomas Soucek‘s loan deal into a permanent one.
That could be about to change David Moyes, currently sidelined with COVID-19, is desperate to strengthen West Ham’s defence in this transfer window. The Scottish manager has failed with bids for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Brighton’s Shane Duffy and is yet to follow up interest in Swansea City’s Joe Rodon.
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There does seem to be some progress in a deal to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani according to Hammers insider and ITK ExWHUemployee. The deal on offer to sign the Italian is a loan deal with an option to buy the defender for €18 million at the end of the season, according to sports journalist Nicolo Schira.
The 26-year-old was once one of the most promising youth prospects in Italy when he was being swapped between Juventus’ youth academy and Empoli. Since committing to the Turin club for a long-term basis, his career has stalled.
The defender tried to force his way into the Juventus first-team. Unfortunately for Rugani, he found himself stuck behind world-class defenders Leonardo Benucci, Giorgio Chiellini and young star Matthijs de Ligt.
Rugani has faced the same fate as current West Ham defensive marshall Angelo Ogbonna. The Hammer was one of the best defenders in Serie A during his stint at Torino but failed to establish himself after moving to The Old Lady, much like Rugani.
If Moyes can pull off a deal for Rugani and he has a similar impact as Ogbonna, then it would be an excellent move by the club. Although, with only seven days left of the transfer window, the Hammers must act fast to wrap up any deal for the Italian.