A few punters have confused looks down here at the Football Transfer Tavern; that’s because the Daily Mirror are reporting that West Ham United have agreed a deal for Estudiantes striker, Duvan Zapata.
Whether we were too focused on our pork scratchings or not remains to be seen but a few cries of ‘who?’ echoed out when it was reported that the Hammers have met the Argentinian club’s $10 (£6.7) million valuation for the 22-year-old striker, subject to a work permit.
The 6 ft 2 in forward notched a respectable 13 goals in 31 appearances, last season and James Nursey, who popped in for a quick one earlier, has suggested that the new occupants of the Olympic Stadium, have beaten a host of Europe’s elite clubs to get their man, including Benfica, Porto and Lyon.
It was thought that the Irons wouldn’t have too much cash to ‘splash’ after agreeing a club-record deal for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, with a loan move for Demba Ba seemingly more and more likely (if reports are to be believed) but, it appears, this may not be the case.
Sam Allardyce is hoping his side improve on their impressive top ten finish last season and if Zapata is anywhere near as good as his nationak compatriot Radamel Falcao, then they will certainly be well on the way to achieving that.