According to Tuttosport, reported via Calciomercato, West Ham United have had a €40 million (£35.3 million) bid rejected by Atalanta for striker Duvan Zapata.
Zapata’s stock is particularly high at the moment, as the 27-year-old struck four goals against Frosinone last time out, to take his goal tally for the season so far to seventeen in all competitions. He is currently level at the top of the Serie A scoring charts, with Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Sampdoria veteran Fabio Quagliarella.
Zapata only joined Atalanta in the summer – on a two-year loan switch from Sampdoria, which includes an option to buy – but already he could be prised away from the Bergamo-based club.
West Ham will have to up their offer, but the 5-cap Colombia international could certainly have an impact at the London Stadium.
The Hammers could do with bolstering their striking options, especially with uncertainty still surrounding the futures of Andy Carroll (The Sun) and Marko Arnautovic (Evening Standard). What’s more, summer signing Lucas Perez has failed to have a significant impact for the Hammers.
If Zapata could translate his current form to the Premier League then his acquisition would be a masterstroke on the part of Manuel Pellegrini, but given the size of the fee that such a signing would demand, it would be a big risk for the Irons to take.
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