West Ham’s £8m-rated Juventus target assessed

first_imgWest Ham are set to delve into the transfer market again this summer and it seems manager Slaven Bilic has targeted Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a took at the 27-year-old…Name: Angelo OgbonnaDate of birth: 23/05/1988 (age 27)Born: Cassino, TorinoClub: JuventusPosition: DefenderInternational: 10 Italy caps (correct as of 07/07/15)What’s the latest?West Ham have apparently won the race for 27-year-old Ogbonna and will pay Juventus £8.5m for his services, beating competition from Everton for his signature, according to the Daily Mail. Ogbonna struggled to cement a regular first-team spot with the Italian double winners last season and manager Massimiliano Allegri is prepared to allow the centre-back to leave Turin.Did you know?1) Ogbonna was born in the central Italian town of Cassino to Nigerian parents, who had emigrated to Italy five years earlier.2) Scouted by Torino, Ogbonna developed his game in the club’s youth academy and made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old in a Serie A encounter against Reggina Calcio in February 2007.3) He spent the whole of the 2007/08 season on loan to Serie C1 [the third tier of Italian football] side FC Crotone before returning to the top-flight with Torino in 2008/09 – he made 19 appearances as the Granata finished 18th and were relegated.4) The defender stayed loyal to Torino and won the first of ten Italy U21 caps in August 2009 – in three Serie B seasons, Ogbonna made 105 appearances, helping the club return to Serie A after finishing second to Pescara during the 2011/12 season.5) Ogbonna received his first senior cap for Italy in November 2011 in a 2-0 win against Poland in Wroclaw, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute. His first start came in a 1-0 home defeat by the United States the following February – Ogbonna was an unused squad member in Poland and Ukraine as Italy finished runners-up to Spain at Euro 2012.Video evidence: 1 West Ham have apparently won the race for 27-year-old Ogbonna last_img read more