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West Ham United are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Diego Laxalt from Serie A side Genoa, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

It is thought that Roma are the frontrunners for his signature as they look to replace Emerson Palmieri, who is rumoured to be close to a move to Chelsea.

Atalanta, Fiorentina, Torino and Galatasaray are also reportedly rivalling West Ham for the 24-year-old, who has performed well in Italy’s top flight over the past couple of seasons.

The Hammers are in the market for January recruits as Irons manager David Moyes looks to fire the club further up the Premier League table.

Strength in depth is an issue at West Ham, which has been made all the more serious given the amount of injuries the London Stadium side have endured of late.

Laxalt started his career in his native country with Defensor Sporting before signing for Inter Milan in January 2013.

However, the Uruguayan did not make a single appearance for I Nerazzurri, instead spending time out on loan at Bologna, Empoli and Genoa.

The latter landed Laxalt in January 2015, bringing him in on an 18 month loan with an option to purchase.

He moved permanently to Genoa in the summer of 2016 and has since been a regular fixture in the line-up.

This term Laxalt has bagged two goals and an assist from 22 appearances across all competitions, seemingly catching West Ham’s eye in the process.

Laxalt has played as an orthodox left-midfielder during the current campaign, but is comfortable operating up and down the flank.

A solid defensive presence, the Montevideo-born star likes to run with the ball at his feet and his stamina means that he is a threat from the first minute to the last.

Aaron Cresswell has been the first-choice left-back for West Ham over the past few seasons but under the management of Moyes has transitioned to a centre-half role, with Arthur Masuaku largely used on the wing.

Laxalt would provide competition for the versatile Hammers man and could perhaps offer more going back towards his own goal.

With so many interested parties, though, a move to West Ham is seemingly still a long way off becoming a reality.

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