Date: 6th August 2019 at 4:00pm
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West Ham could do with a new defensive midfielder after selling Pedro Obiang to Sassuolo and many fans on Twitter have been urging the club to go after Stuttgart ace Santiago Ascacibar. It’s not hard to see why. Ascacibar is 22-years-old, a four-time Argentina international and could be available on the cheap after suffering relegation from the Bundesliga with Stuttgart last season. He is a tough-tackling defensive midfield and his aggression has led one West Ham fans to dub him as the “Argentinean Gattuso”, for obvious reasons. According to stats by WhoScored, Ascacibar completed 80.7 per cent of his passes in the Bundesliga last season, which is not bad while playing for a relegated team, and also averaged 2.9 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per league appearance. German football expert Raphael Honigstein was quoted by BBC Sport last year as saying that Ascacibar is “a classic tough-tackling, hard-running defensive midfielder but with real skill as well”. He also has a tattoo of Diego Maradona on one of his legs, but we reckon most West Ham fans would forgive him for that if he did head to the London Stadium before this week’s transfer deadline.

Forever West Ham has rounded up some of the best tweets below: