West Ham are in talks to sign Lazio left-back Jordan Lukaku, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper’s live transfer blog (13 June, 4.48pm) claims that the Hammers have held discussions with the Serie A club over the Belgium international while also negotiating the capture of his teammate Felipe Anderson.
Lukaku, 23, joined Lazio from Belgian outfit Oostende in the summer of 2016.
Lukaku missed the cut for the Belgium World Cup squad but there is no shame in that, given the intense competition for places. The younger brother of Manchester United star man Romelu is an eight-times international who has moved out of his sibling’s shadow to carve out an impressive top-level career of his own. He has spent the last two years at Lazio and was a key member of the side that finished fifth in Serie A last season and fell agonisingly short in their quest for the fourth Champions League spot. A left-back who can also play in left midfield, Jordan does not have Romelu’s fearsome frame but he is stocky, virtually 6ft and just as quick. With doubts over whether West Ham’s senior left-back Aaron Cresswell will stay beyond the summer – some reports have suggested the club will listen to offers – it appears the club are weighing up potential replacements. A double swoop on Lazio could make more than just financial sense.