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West Ham: Italian source makes Gianluca Scamacca transfer claim

West Ham: Italian source makes Gianluca Scamacca transfer claim -Premier League News

West Ham United are interested in signing Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, according to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset (via Sport Witness). 

The lowdown: Well-travelled career

Despite his relatively tender years, the 23-year-old has already developed somewhat of a journeyman status, having spent time at Lazio, AS Roma and PSV Eindhoven prior to making the switch to Sassuolo as a teenager.

Since then, the Rome native was also sent on loan to Cremonese, PEC Zwolle, Ascoli and Genoa, before finally making the breakthrough at his parent club last season.

Having now made the grade in Serie A, another move could already be on the cards for the powerful centre-forward…

The latest: West Ham interested

As per Sport Mediaset, translated by Sport Witness, West Ham are the club ‘above all’ others to have expressed an interest in Scamacca this summer.

It’s claimed that Paris Saint-Germain have also been ‘offered’ the chance to sign the seven-cap Italy international, with Sassuolo demanding €45m (£38m) for one of their prized assets.

The report also states that ‘doors could be opened’ to clubs who are willing to meet the mooted asking price to sign the man labelled a ‘clinical finisher’, as well as being ‘creative and skilful’, by football talent scout Jacek Kulig during his time on loan at Genoa.

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The verdict: Better options

Despite a phenomenal 2021/22 campaign during which Scamacca scored 16 times in 36 Serie A appearances, that was the first time the Italian has reached double figures in a league season, and more is required before the West Ham hierarchy can warrant such expenditure.

Holding a stylistic likeness to such renowned names as Leicester City speedster Jamie Vardy, highly rated Napoli centre-forward Victor Osimhen and Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FBRef), there is little doubting that the 6 foot 5 attacker can have a bright future at the elite level.

Should West Ham move for Scamacca?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Capable of operating in wide areas as well as centrally, Scamacca – who has also been likened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – has a tendency to run the channels and create space for team-mates along with strong ball retention ability, attributes which would certainly endear David Moyes to the prospect of the signing.

However, at the suggested price tag, the east Londoners would be best served to look elsewhere to find support for Michail Antonio, perhaps prioritising the reported swoop for Chelsea youngster Armando Broja, who has already proven capable of performing in the Premier League.


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