AS Roma are trying to get rid of Maxime Gonalons, and there’s some optimism West Ham could be the destination.
With a year left on his Lyon contract, the midfielder joined the Italian club in July 2017. He then made 16 Serie A appearances for them, in and out of the team and suffering from a calf injury.
The following summer they loaned him to Sevilla, who have a reputation for gambling on loans.
It didn’t pay off this time, with the 30 year old suffering, in order, a fibula fracture, an ankle injury, and a tear to the adductor muscle.
He was sent back and now needs a new home.
Saturday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport reports West Ham and Everton ‘fall strong’ on the player (let’s hope they haven’t injured him), and the former ‘seem willing’ to pay €4-5m for the Frenchman.
It would be a huge gamble for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but if, and it’s a big if, they can get him consistently fit and consistently playing at his best level then it’d be worth it.