West Ham United have made an offer to sign Roma forward Nicolo Zaniolo as Roma give their reply to the approach, according to reports.
The Lowdown: West Ham making moves…
The Hammers have already signed one striker in Danny Ings from Aston Villa as David Moyes attempts to both keep his team in the Premier League and maintain his job amid reports of him facing the sack if they lose to Everton today.
West Ham are currently battling relegation and are among the lowest scorers in the top flight, making the need for attacking additions all the more prevalent.
Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca is also sidelined, putting even more pressure on the club to strengthen their ranks up top, and reports suggest that they are pursuing further attacking signings despite the acquisition of Ings.
The Latest: West Ham make Zaniolo offer…
According to reports in Italy, the east Londoners have moved for Serie A attacker and 11-cap Italy international Zaniolo as they seek further forward additions.
As per Corriere dello Sport, West Ham have ‘offered Roma a one-year loan deal’ to sign the 23-year-old from this month to next January. However, this is deemed ‘inadmissible’ by Jose Mourinho’s side, who have said ‘no’ to the Irons’ advances for now.
The Verdict: Try again
Described by members of the media as having ‘amazing ability’ and ‘tremendous talent’ despite a damp patch of form this season, we believe that Zaniolo could be a good option for the right price.
Having only scored one goal in the current Serie A campaign, the Italy ace has shown that he can be a real threat in recent years. As per WhoScored, he ranked in Roma’s top three for shots at goal per 90 over the 2021/22 domestic campaign whilst completing more successful take-ons than any of his team-mates.
Zaniolo also attracted their highest rate of fouls per 90 last season, indicating that he can be a really tricky player to come up against when at his very best.
Although West Ham’s loan move has been rejected, the nature of the transfer window means that an improved bid could potentially sway Roma depending on developments, especially with the Giallorossi open to selling the 23-year-old.