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West Ham could be boosted next season by Zapata signing

West Ham could be boosted next season by Zapata signing

West Ham United could receive a massive attacking injection should they secure the services of Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata in the summer.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, via HITC, Zapata could become available for a reported fee of around £43m.

The 27-year-old joined Atalanta on loan from Sampdoria last summer and could be open for a move to the Premier League should the Hammers offer him the correct amount of money.

Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio recently reported that West Ham were keen on pinning him down in the January transfer market but had a bid of £35m rejected.

Atalanta, though, want to cash in Zapata but first have to sign him on a permanent deal from Sampdoria before eventually selling him again. Indeed, the Hammers looked set to lose Marko Arnautovic in the January window but the Austrian international decided to stay put at the London Stadium, until the end of the season at least.

Should he, however, leave West Ham in the summer then the club will have a massive void to fill and the talent of Zapata should make him an obvious target.

Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge of the East London club hasn’t gone the way he would’ve hoped and will be eager to have a structured and organised squad for next season.

And the addition of a clinical striker like Zapata could fit his style of playing very well.

The Colombian international has been in devastating form in the Serie A this campaign and has a great record in front of goal.

21 Goals and six assists in all competitions have made him a lethal threat up-front in Italian football.

Playing alongside players like Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio, Zapata could become quite a hit in the Premier League and might finally put West Ham in a position to challenge for a Europa League spot.

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