West Ham are reportedly among the clubs ‘interested’ in Torino defender Ola Aina. 

The 25-year-old is a product of the Chelsea academy and has since enjoyed spells at Fulham and Hull City before arriving in Italy. 

Now the versatile ex-England youth international is being linked with another move as the Hammers, Crystal Palace and Lille show an interest. 

That’s according to a report from AllNigeriaSoccer, as cited on Twitter, claiming that the European trio are keen on Aina. 

The report states that the Serie A club are ‘willing to listen to offers’ for the 21-cap senior Nigeria international who was also pursued by Leeds United previously. 

This season Aina – described as ‘quality’ by Ivan Juric – has made 18 appearances across all competitions. 


Valued at £4.95million and heading towards the final 12 months of a contract (Transfemarkt), signing the London-born ace in the summer would be an affordable option. 

Capable of playing across the entire defence and in more advanced wing roles, Aina would be a superb addition to David Moyes’ squad – particularly having made 31 Premier League outings in 2020/21. 

Albeit perhaps not a player of the elite level the Irons’ should be pursuing, the Nigerian’s ability to supplement numerous positions is of benefit to almost any squad in world football. 

Should West Ham Sign Ola Aina?