Algerian midfielder Saphir Taider could be on his way to West Ham if Walter Mazzarri replaces Slaven Bilic as the club’s manager, according to Italian media outlet Di Marzio.
Taider. who currently plays in Serie A for Bologna, moved to Southampton a few years ago but never played a competitive match for them. Mazzarri is a keen fan of the midfielder, who he brought to Inter Milan when he managed them earlier in his career.
The 25-year-old has scored five goals for the Algerian national team, and he also scored a brilliant curling shot against last season’s champions Juventus in the Italian league. West Ham were also linked with a move for Taider in the summer, with the Premier League side still in desperate need of a midfielder.
West Ham have taken a recent interest to signing Algerian footballers, with Sofiane Feghouli playing for them during the 2016/17 season. Taider would not only add some defensive stability to their midfield, but with four goals last season he has shown that he also knows how to find the back of the net.
Taider’s contract with Bologna runs out in summer 2019, so the East Londoners could get him for a fee of around £5million, which would be a bargain in today’s transfer market.