Hammers could enter Vazquez race

West Ham have reportedly joined the race to sign Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez, who has also been targeted by West Brom and Spurs.

West Ham: Hammers could enter Vazquez raceWest Ham: Hammers could enter Vazquez race

Reports in Italy suggest all three English clubs are chasing the forward, who can operate in a variety of attacking positions, with Spurs and the Hammers joining the race for a player who was first linked with the Baggies at the start of the summer.

The Argentine-born Italy international hit eight goals for Palermo last season and has been on the radar of plenty of top European clubs in recent months.

The 27-year-old is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League and was thought to be close to agreeing a deal with West Brom earlier this month, only for that to then be denied.

Vazquez, who has two Italy caps but did not make it into the Azzurri’s Euro 2016 squad, could be interested in a move to Spurs should boss Mauricio Pochettino firm up his interest with an offer as the prospect of Champions League football next season is attractive, while a switch to West Ham may also appeal.

Working with boss Slaven Bilic could sway his decision, while being part of the new Olympic Stadium era at the club could also affect his thinking.

However, a stumbling block to a potential deal for any of the Premier League clubs could be Palermo’s asking price of around £20million for a player who still has three years left on his current contract.

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