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West Ham United have been linked with a move for Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu on transfer deadline day but the Hornets are holding out for a £30 million fee for the star, according to The Sun.

The Spanish winger has shown glimpses of pure brilliance this season at Vicarage Road, with his ability to beat opponents and his eye for goal an impressive part of his play.

West Ham already have some gifted attacking midfielders in the form of Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio – but injuries to Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko have robbed the Hammers of international options.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are being linked with an attempt to sign a new striker on deadline day, but there is little doubt that bringing Deulofeu to the London Stadium would excite the fans.

The report suggests that AC Milan have had a £22 million offer for the former Everton man rejected and that West Ham have made an inquiry, but not an offer.

If the Hammers are to add any new players to Pellegrini’s squad they will need to act quickly as the transfer window closes at 11pm on Thursday night.

Deulofeu would be a luxury addition that would add menace to the West Ham attack, but the need for a new centre forward seems more pressing.

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