West Ham United have opened talks to sign Hertha Berlin midfielder Santiago Ascacibar, according to journalist Adriano Savalli. David Moyes has already been busy in the summer transfer window, having completed the signings of Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes, and they don’t seem to be the only new additions expected to come through the doors at the London Stadium.
The source claimed that there is also interest from unnamed clubs in both Italy and Spain, with Hertha believed to be ‘looking for’ a fee in the region of €12m (£10.1m) for the Argentine. The report mentions that it is currently ‘unclear’ as to whether or not the Irons would be willing to meet that asking price at this moment in time. Moyes clearly knows exactly what he wants when it comes to his midfielders, players who like to get stuck in just as Mark Noble did.
However, with the legendary Hammers captain now retired and the futures of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek uncertain, the Scot may need to add to his midfield ranks. Ascacibar, who was once dubbed Javier Mascherano’s heir by the former Irons midfielder himself, averaged 3.4 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per Bundesliga game last season (via WhoScored). That is a testament to his fighting spirit, which is no doubt one of the attributes which may have attracted Moyes.
A prospective outlay of just over £10m shouldn’t make much of a dent in the club’s summer budget, and for someone on the market in a position where West Ham could do with reinforcements, they haven’t got much to lose.