Having appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their manager to replace Graham Potter at Brighton & Hove Albion, it was expected to see the Seagulls linked with Italian players quickly.

Not only that, but with the manager having spent time at Sassuolo, a potential reunion with some of his old players was always going to be seen as a possibility.

One man who is expected to leave the Serie A side at some point in the near future is Davide Frattesi, who has found himself the subject of attention from Premier League clubs, such as Tottenham, West Ham United and now Brighton.

David Moyes made it clear he wanted a new midfielder this summer, and eventually got Lucas Paqueta from Lyon, but another body in the squad certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

TuttoMercatoWeb have an article on Frattesi on Monday, and while AS Roma are interested in bringing him back, it’s said the ‘sights are widening, even in England’.

Recalling that West Ham bought Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo this summer, it’s hinted they could ‘try an encore with Frattesi’.

Beyond the Hammers, we must ‘watch out for De Zerbi’, with the new Brighton manager described as his ‘mentor’.

Thus, we could see West Ham battle the Italian’s new team in the near future for the 23-year-old.