Speaking to Football Insider, after it emerged that GSB and West Ham are keeping tabs on Torino star Andrea Belotti (Corriere Granta), pundit and Sky Sports regular Paul Robinson has been wowed by the Irons and their progress as a club as they target more prestigious players.
Belotti, who has been at the centre of interest from the likes of Tottenham in recent years, is now reportedly on the radar of West Ham as GSB weigh up striking options for next season.
Scoring 27 goals so far over the last two Serie A campaigns (WhoScored), the Torino captain has a €100 million (£86.4m) release clause but Football Italia claim he could be made available for around £30m as he enters the final year of his deal.
Robinson wowed by West Ham as they eye Belotti
After it emerged that West Ham are now one of the clubs weighing up a move, Robinson heaped praise on the Hammers whilst believing it is evidence of how far they have come as a team this season.
“Belotti would be a great signing,” explained the former England international to Football Insider.
“The fact that we are even talking about this tells you that West Ham are a different proposition in the transfer market under David Moyes.
“They have an identity now, they look like a completely different team and they are no doubt an attractive proposition for any player.
“West Ham are a team that will be challenging for the top-five, top-six spots now and it means they will be looking at a different level of player.
“I think Spurs were looking at Belotti shortly before they signed Vinicius.”
Transfer Tavern take
Whether or not West Ham end up landing the 32-cap Italy international remains to be seen, but Robinson could be correct in his verdict about the Irons.
The fact they now seem to be targeting more prestigious players could come as evidence as to how well they have done under Moyes this season.
If they manage to secure the dream in Champions League qualification at the end of the campaign, we can expect more similar reports to emerge.
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