Opinion: West Ham would have perfect partner for Rice if they sign 21 y/o lauded by Andrea Pirlo

West Ham should make an audacious swoop for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, who has previously been lauded by Italian footballing legends such as Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro del Piero who can’t seem to get enough of him.

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Barella appears to have it all. A traditional Italian centre midfielder, the 21-year-old can score goals, make them and keep possession for his side – he managed six goals from midfield last year, and has just one this season in the form...

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