By 90Min
July 19, 2017

West Ham's pursuit of Lazio star Keita Balde Diao has taken a significant step forward with a deal worth up to €32m reportedly agreed with the Italian club's chairman, Claudio Lotito - however, it is now down to the player to make a decision on the move.

The Hammers are said to have entered negotiations with Lazio a few weeks ago, with their initial  €20m offer for the highly-rated attacking midfielder rejected, but seemingly increasing with each passing day. 

After reaching the €30m threshold held by the club for the breakthrough star - 16 goals and three assists last term - West Ham have all but agreed the transfer, 27.5m plus 5m bonus, bar the actual payment methods. 

However, the deal looks to have been thrashed out under the radar as journalist Manuele Baiocchini revealed via ​Goal that the 22-year-old's agent, Roberto Calenda, has not yet been informed of the agreement. 

It is a significant aspect of the deal and therefore means the move is anything but complete, but the Hammers are said to have committed to giving the Senegalese forward €3m per season, plus bonuses - six times his current contract with Lazio - in the hope of securing the move. 

Inter Milan previously cited serious interest in the 22-year-old, with an official move for Diao now seemingly hung in the balance due to whether or not Ivan Perisic leaves for Manchester United. 

It would leave the young star with a decision to make as his ability to develop will be highly considered in any move, with the choice seemingly Inter or West Ham. 


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