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West Ham: David Moyes eyeing Mauro Icardi

West Ham: David Moyes eyeing Mauro Icardi -West Ham News

West Ham are admirers of Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi, according to Il Mattino

The lowdown

After an initial loan spell, PSG paid £45million to sign Icardi from Inter Milan permanently in July 2020, and he’s gone to make 92 appearances for the French club.

While he featured in 30 matches overall last season, he only made ten Ligue 1 starts and wasn’t selected for a single Champions League fixture. Clearly, the 29-year-old is some way down the pecking order.

And now PSG have apparently reached an agreement with Sassuolo to sign Gianluca Scamacca for an initial €40million (£34.3million).

The latest

The report explains that, in order to complete the signing of Scamacca, PSG need to clear space by offloading the £19.8million-rated Icardi.

And that’s alerted West Ham, who ‘like’ the player, as do their Premier League rivals Wolves.

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West Ham boss David Moyes on the touchline

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The verdict

Icardi’s goalscoring record is very strong. In 383 club appearances, he’s found the net 203 times, a strike rate of one every 1.89 matches.

His return of 23 goals in 64 Ligue 1 outings wouldn’t appear particularly strong on the surface given PSG’s dominance, but it’s a lot more impressive when you consider he’s only been afforded 35 starts in the French top-flight.

Signing the Argentine, named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2018, would leave West Ham with some enviable attacking depth ahead of their next European campaign.

French legend Jean-Pierre Papin has billed him a ‘pure goal hunter’ but also raised ‘great doubts about his personality’, and therein lies the concern for David Moyes as he weighs up a move.

In other news, there’s been a promising update for West Ham in their pursuit of a La Liga star.

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