West Ham United have joined the race to sign Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi, according to reports in the last 48 hours.
The Lowdown: Scamacca connection
The Italian still has four years remaining on his contract with Alessio Dionisi’s side, but his recent impressive performances have caught the eye of a few potential suitors ahead of the January transfer window.
The Irons signed Gianluca Scamacca from the same club back in July, and a fresh update now suggests that GSB are plotting a second raid to bring the 23-year-old to the Premier League to reunite with his former teammate.
The Latest: West Ham want to sign Frattesi
According to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb (via Claret and Hugh), West Ham, alongside rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton, are all ‘battling’ it out for Frattesi’s signature.
The player is claimed to be at the ‘centre of a tug-of-war’ between the trio of clubs, and could ‘have the chance’ to make the move to England sooner than initially thought possible.
The report states that there is already an ‘existing relationship’ with the Sassuolo hierarchy given the Scamacca move, with a ‘second deal’ on the cards in the New Year.
The Verdict: Get it done…
It yet remains to be seen how much it would cost the Hammers to land Frattesi, but if a relatively cheap deal was available, or should they cash in on a big-name player to generate funds, then this is a transfer that should definitely be pursued.
The ‘exciting’ starlet, as hailed by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, has already netted two goals in seven Serie A appearances this term, and currently averages 2.1 shots and 1.6 dribbles per game (WhoScored).
Frattesi also has the versatility to operate in the centre and as a ten, an attribute that will have attracted David Moyes, who will be hoping that he can see off his competitors and land a much-needed reinforcement in the middle.
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