On February 11th we covered a claim from Italy regarding West Ham interest in Roberto Gagliardini.

The Hammers were said to have ‘seriously tried’ to sign the Inter Milan player in January, but the Serie A club didn’t want to lose their player midway through the season.

That was literally all that was said in a one sentence report from Calciomercato. Since then the claim has travelled around the Italian and English media, and now it’s back with Calciomercato.

It’s once again stated West Ham ‘seriously tried’, with a call coming from the Premier League club ‘a few weeks ago’.

David Moyes’ club made a ‘formal request’ to loan the player, also wanting a right to sign him in the summer, with the decision then resting with the Hammers. The option would have been at a set fee, with Calciomercato calling that ‘rich’, suggesting it was a good level for Inter.

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West Ham’s effort is described as an ‘important offer’ for both Inter and the player, however, it was turned down at least partly because it was a loan.

Things could be different in the summer.