West Ham held talks over a late summer swoop to sign AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt, according to Calcio Mercato.
The Italian news outlet claims that Newcastle had also been interested in the 26-year-old Uruguay international but neither club will be able to sign him with the Premier League transfer window about to slam shut at 5pm.
It would seem as though the Hammers’ interest in Laxalt came too late but it is understood that negotiations were always an uphill struggle between the London club and the Italian giants.
West Ham could have done with signing a better left-back for themselves this summer as Aaron Cresswell has hardly impressed in his time at the London Stadium and while Arthur Masuaku has improved in 2019, the former Olympiakos man is still someone who is prone to the odd shocker. Laxalt would not have really been an upgrade on Manuel Pellegrini’s current options so it is perhaps a good job that he missed out on signing his fellow South American. Laxalt may have made 29 appearances in all competitions for Milan last season but just six of them were starts in Serie A. Laxalt is a very attack-minded left-back who can also play at wing-back or on the wing. West Ham’s defence is a concern so it would have been better to eye someone whose defensive attributes are more enticing than their attacking ones. Laxalt still has time to find himself a new club, but it won’t be a club in England that he’ll be joining next.