Hammers captain Declan Rice has posted a brilliant West Ham welcome picture with Gianluca Scamacca and the striker has responded.

West Ham had been linked with the former Sassuolo striker Scamacca all summer.

And Hammers fans can finally celebrate the arrival of the 6ft 5in 23-year-old Italian.

Scamacca signs for the Hammers. Photo: West Ham United FC

David Moyes’ 18-month striker search came to an end late last night when the Italian’s arrival was officially confirmed on the club’s official website.

Moyes has previously said he wants to convince captain Rice that West Ham can match his ambition by building a young, exciting team around his talismanic midfielder.

Well West Ham’s main man certainly looks happy with the club’s latest addition judging by his social media activity.

Italy striker Scamacca now a West Ham player. Photo: West Ham United FC

Because Rice has posted a brilliant West Ham welcome picture with Scamacca and the striker has responded.

Taking to Instagram, Rice posted a picture after the duo’s first training session together at West Ham.

Rice tagged Scamacca into the post and captioned the picture: “Welcome brother” alongside smiling and heart emojis.

Declan Rice welcomes Hammers new boy Gianluca Scamacca on Instagram

And West Ham’s new £35m striker responded by re-posting the picture with the Italian word for captain – ‘capitano’ – and a love heart eyes emoji.

You simply love to see it.

While Rice, Moyes and West Ham fans everywhere are clearly delighted to see Scamacca arrive, Sassuolo were understandably sad to see the striker depart.

The Serie A side have sent a classy goodbye to West Ham’s new boy that shows how highly he is rated.

Gianluca Scamacca responds to Declan Rice’s Instagram post

Landing the 6ft 5in Italy international at just 23 years of age after a brilliant season in Serie A is a serious coup for the Hammers.

It is further evidence of the new recruitment philosophy and strategy put in place by the manager and head of recruitment Rob Newman.

And it proves beyond any doubt the manager and the ex Man City talent spotting chief are the ones genuinely calling the shots over all signings at West Ham.

Time will tell if it helps convince Rice to remain at West Ham in the long term.

But for this season at least West Ham fans will be hoping two of the best young players in Europe can combine to devastating effect.

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