West Ham lining up shock transfer for Diego Simeone's son Giovanni after stunning goalscoring season at Hellas Verona

WEST HAM are reportedly lining-up a transfer swoop to sign the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

Striker Giovanni Simeone, 26, has been in fine form for Italian side Hellas Verona.


He already has nine goals in 11 matches for them in Serie A, including a recent brace against Juventus.

The Argentine's exploits are now starting to attract attention from elsewhere.

And Caught Offside are claiming that West Ham are exploring the possibility of launching a move for him.

David Moyes' men are currently riding high in the top three of the Premier League after a terrific start to the campaign.

Their thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday kept them firmly in the chase for a Champions League spot while they are also unbeaten in this season's Europa League.

However, the Hammers rely heavily on forward Michail Antonio – who has seven goals this term.

After failing to bring Jesse Lingard back from Manchester United over the summer, Moyes will be hoping to bolster his side's push both domestically and in Europe by strengthening his attack in January.

And Simeone, who begasn his career at River Plater before heading to Italy with Genoa followed by Fiorentina and Cagliari, could be his man.

The star, who joined Hellas Verona, has won five caps for his country and scored once.

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