Sunderland are still hoping to re-sign Marcos Alonso, with a swap deal with Modibo Diakite still a possibility, but West Ham have tried to gazump Gos Poyet for the Spanish left back.
According to a report in Corriere Fiorentino, West Ham have recently made a written offer for Alonso. The offer was for a season-long loan deal with the option to purchase at the end of the loan, which was immediately rejected by Fiorentina. The report goes on to say that the Serie A side want to take a look at Alonso during pre-season and evaluate the progress the Spaniard made during his loan spell with Sunderland before considering any potential sale.
Although Fiorentina rejected West Ham's loan offer, Alonso is still only third choice in the pecking order at left back for the Italian side, behind club captain Manuel Pasqual and Peruvian international Juan Manuel Vargas, so any offer to buy the player on a permanent basis is likely to be considered.
With Alonso impressing for Sunderland and becoming a fans' favourite when he arrived on loan just as the January transfer window opened, expect news of West Ham's interest to accelerate Poyet's plans to push for the left back's return to the Stadium of Light.
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