West Ham are alleged to be the mystery club behind an offer for unknown South American midfielder Pedro Aquino, as per reports.
Aquino, 26, plays for Club America in Mexico. Local media linked him with a move to the Hammers last month, but the news did not make many waves and remained relatively quiet. That was, until a few days ago.
Journalist Gibran Araige tweeted an offer for the Peru international had been received from a Premier League club, which he did not name.
It was claimed the offer was “good”, so Club America are mulling it over.
While David Moyes’ side weren’t mentioned, the previous reports are being focused upon by Mexican media.
It seems they are the only English side who could have made the bid. Leeds and Brentford were mentioned by outlet Libero.
But there appears to be a lack of substance to these claims, with Sport Witness noting that the Prem duo have not been discussed elsewhere.
Aquino will be a new name for most football fans in England, but his performances this year have begun to attract attention from scouts.
The defence-minded player began his career in his home country, whom he has racked up 34 caps for.
He then had spells with three difference sides in Mexico before joining Club America at the start of 2021.
They signed him for around £3m and tied him down to a four-year deal. West Ham will therefore have to stump up a decent fee to sign him.
At present he would only be a squad player for the east London club. But if Declan Rice leaves, then he could be Thoams Soucek’s new midfield partner.
Ambitious West Ham hope
Meanwhile, Moyes has set his sights on winning silverware with the club, explaining why going all the way in the Carabao Cup would be a “great achievement”.
The Hammers will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. It will be a tough match, but it could give them the chance to go one step closer to winning a trophy under Moyes.
The club’s progress during his second spell in charge has been clear to see. They qualified for the Europa League after a sixth-placed finish last season. This term, they are in contention to finish in continental territory again.
But they have not won a trophy for a long time and it is something they could have a chance to change, depending on their priorities.
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