West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli and manager Slaven Bilic
Sunday Jan 08, 2017. 17:00
Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli could be leaving West Ham United for Roma in the Italian Serie A.
Feghouli joined West Ham on a free transfer from Valencia in June, signing a three-year contract, but has only started one Premier League match and missed an open goal in the 5-0 home FA Cup defeat to Manchester City on Friday.
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A loan move for Feghouli that includes the option of a €12million permanent switch is now close to completion, according to reports in Italy and Roma manager Luciano Spalletti confirmed as much.
“We are keeping a close eye on the market and the names you have mentioned so far are correct,” said Spalletti to news reporters.
“The focus is shifting towards Feghouli - that is true. You are writing it anyway, so there is no point disguising the fact. The other options have cooled rather.
“He is someone who will come to replace [Juan] Iturbe, who Torino have added to their squad.
“So far we have done well to cover the gaps, but playing every two or three days we are going to need to bolster our numbers a bit.”