Date: 19th July 2019 at 2:53pm
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West Ham are in the hunt to sign Bologna enforcer Erick Pulgar, according to Canal de Futbol.

The Chilean broadcaster claims on their website that Manuel Pellegrini is eyeing up the 25-year-old defensive midfielder amid interest from Manchester United in Hammers star Declan Rice.

It is understood that West Ham are keeping close tabs on Pulgar in case Rice leaves this summer after the Chile international impressed for his nation at Copa America earlier this summer.

OPINION

Pulgar could be a good signing for West Ham even if they do not lose Rice this summer. According to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato, the midfielder’s release clause at Bologna is only £10.8million, which is a bargain these days for a player who is a full international, has top-flight experience and could fill a potential void in Pellegrini’s squad. Pedro Obiang is reportedly closing in on a move to Italy to join Sassuolo, so Pulgar could be a good replacement for him. The Chilean could also be an upgrade on Carlos Sanchez, who spent almost all of last season on the sidelines with injury and failed to look anywhere near impressive against Manchester City on Wednesday. Sanchez is also 33-years-old while Pulgar is eight years younger. Pulgar made 30 appearances in all competitions for Bologna last season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists in the process. He could be a very good addition for Pellegrini this summer.