According to the Sunday Mirror, West Ham United are keen for Norwich City to attack midfielder Emiliano Buendia as a potential alternative to Jesse Lingard.
Landing a Manchester United borrower could prove difficult for the Hammers, and they put other options up in front of the summer transfer window.
Buendia has helped Norwich secure instant promotion back to top-flight, scoring 14 goals and weighing in with 16 assists in 38 championship games so far.
The Argentine scored once and assisted seven goals in 36 Premier League games last season, and he has what it takes to improve West Ham’s creativity in the final third.
The 24-year-old caught the eye of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi when he was just 18, with his compatriot urging him to switch allegiances from Spain to Argentina so they could play together.
While Buendia has yet to earn from the South American giants, his performances this season could have caught their attention. The former Getafe man scored eight goals and assisted 12 others in his debut season with the Canary Islands in the championship, but he needs to show he can have a similar impact in the English top flight.
West Ham could offer him this chance next season, with European football also on the cards.
The London Stadium outfit wanted to sign the creative genius in the summer of 2019, but went instead for Pablo Fornals.
Impressing in the Premier League and hitting higher heights by asking a second time will definitely give him that debut Argentina cap and the Messi connection can finally happen.
However, Buendia could possibly move to West Ham or a team that plays in Europe in order for his dreams of playing international football to come true.