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West Ham ambitiously target Mauro Icardi

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Good luck with that one...

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As we all know, Mauro Icardi has been responsible for much of the goals Inter scored this season. His 16 strikes in Serie A are a large part of why Inter will finish in 4th place and are returning to European competitions next season. There have been some rumors though that he would not be opposed to the idea of moving on to another bigger club that could offer him consistent Champions League football and clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United have been linked with him  over the past year. Now a new club has entered the mix for Icardi's services, though it isn't one that most people would have expected.

Apparently, West Ham United are looking to bring the Argentine striker to their club for next season. West Ham is moving to the Olympic Stadium and the club's owners want to bring in a marquee signing to go along with their new home. The club is supposedly willing to start with a bid of €35m and see where things go from there. They also seem willing to accept whatever wages the 23 year old demands.

I honestly don't see any way this move would actually happen. If the club was going to sell one of their top assets I feel like they would be much more willing to get rid of Handanovic rather than Icardi. Despite some sources saying that Icardi has a release clause I do not believe that the last contract he signed included one. Also, I don't see any reason why Icardi would want to go to West Ham (besides them being willing to pay him however much he wants). The London based side is currently in 7th place in the Premier League with two matches remaining, and I can pretty much guarantee that Inter has a much better chance of challenging for Champions League places than West Ham. Plus, given his complaints about a lack of playing time with the national team I would imagine he would want to be playing for a high-profile team to boost his chances of being called up; and despite Inter's struggles in recent years, I'm pretty sure that the Nerazzurri are a tier (or two) above the Hammers.