Premier League outfit West Ham have watched Romanian midfielder Ianis Hagi even before the talented playmaker joined Rangers on loan from Genk.

According to popular West Ham insider ExWHU Employee, Hagi is someone the Olympic Stadium club have considered in the past.

But with Rangers having an exclusive option to buy deal on the player come the summer, it’s unlikely the Premier League side will steal in on the 21-year-old.

According to the reputable insider, everything is also “up in the air” when it comes to West Ham’s recruitment strategy at the minute.

Hagi has been in the headlines across Europe after the attacking midfielder hit a double to inspire Rangers to an incredible 3-2 comeback against Braga in the Europa League.

In front of his watching father Gheorghe, Hagi Jnr stole the show on his European debut for the Ibrox club.

Hagi joined Rangers on-loan from Genk in January, with the midfielder joining the Belgian club for a reported £4m from Viitorul Constanța, the side his dad currently manages, only at the start of this season [BBC Sport].

Rangers loanee Ianis Hagi has made a flying start to life at Ibrox and has previously said to be watched by West Ham. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A former European Golden Boy nominee, Rangers assistant Gary McAllister hinted that the club would be interested in making the loan deal permanent [Sky Sports] should he continue to impress.

HLN reports that a fee of €5 million or around £4.2 million would be enough to secure his transfer.

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