Crystal Palace rival West Ham for highly-rated Bologna star Adam Masina

WEST HAM and Crystal Palace are going head-to-head for Adam Masina.

Both Premier League sides are chasing a left-back this window and have identified the 24-year-old who is keen to try his luck in England.

Bologna have rejected bids from the London clubs as they are nowhere near the Italian outfit's £15million valuation.

The 6ft 3in Moroccan-born star is highly rated in Italy and regarded as one of the best defenders this term in Serie A.

Hammers boss David Moyes, who made the first move for Masina, is yet to add to his squad this month as he looks to maintain the Londoner’s push away from the relegation dog fight.

The talented full–back has been earmarked as direct competition for Aaron Creswell for a starting berth on the left side of Moyes’ defence.

Eagles chief Roy Hodgson was dealt a blow with Jeffrey Schlupp requiring hip surgery is looking to steal a march on the Hammers for Masina's signature.

Masina came through the academy at Bologna and was converted from a striker to an attacking left-back as a teenager.

Red tape will not be an issue as the defender has an Italian passport and has six caps for Italy Under-21’s.

Palace go to North London on Saturday to face Arsenal while the Hammers will look to continue their revival when they welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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