West Ham hovering for Justin Kluivert at Roma crossroads as price tag revealed
West Ham United are interested in Roma winger Justin Kluivert after a loan spell at Nice, according to reports in Italy.
Kluivert was a promising talent earlier in his career but has yet to show any signs that he could be as good as his father Patrick. Indeed, the winger has struggled for consistency since signing for Roma in 2018.
He spent two seasons in Serie A but only scored five league goals to his name. Since October 2020, he has been away from the Italian capital on loan.
Firstly, he scored four times in 27 appearances for RB Leipzig in the 2020-21 campaign. Then he found the net six times in 31 games for Nice last season.
However, he is now returning to Roma following his spell in Ligue 1. That said, his future with his parent club is uncertain.
According Gazzetta Dello Sport, he is one of the players that the Giallorossi will consider offers for this summer. While maintaining a market in France, West Ham are mentioned as another potential taker.
Despite their interest, they are yet to make a bid to meet Roma’s €15m (£12.7m) asking price. No other club have either, so the race could be on.
West Ham are on the market to attack reinforcements this summer. So far they have made signings in almost every other department in their squad, keeping Alphonse Areola permanently in goal and signing Nayef Aguerd in defense and Flynn Downes in midfield.
But they need more support for Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen up front. They could either look for a centre-forward – a position they haven’t managed to add for a few years – or someone who plays a wider role, like Kluivert.
Justin Kluivert might need a transfer to fulfill his potential
The 23-year-old is yet to be a prolific goalscorer, despite breaking the 10-goal mark in his final season with Ajax. However, his pace could make him an intriguing prospect in the Premier League.
Kluivert is capable of playing on both wings, although he slightly favors the left side. Right footed, it can be just as effective on the opposite flank.
How effective it can be is the question, though. He’s at a point in his career where he needs to start turning his potential into something more concrete. Perhaps he will need a fresh start at a new club – like West Ham – to make such a breakthrough.
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