Insider ExWHUemployee has claimed that West ham could be priced out of a move to sign Torino hitman Andrea Belotti this summer.

Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web claimed yesterday that the Hammers offered £45 million plus Pedro Obiang for the Italy international.

Andrea Belotti of Italy during the 2020 UEFA European...

Andrea Belotti (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

West Ham desperately need to sign a new striker this summer. They have already sold Marko Arnautovic (finally!). And their protracted pursuit of Maxi Gomez ended in failure.

Manuel Pellegrini undoubtedly has plenty of other targets, however, one of whom allegedly is Andrea Belotti.

That claim has been somewhat rubbished by ExWHUemployee, however.

He suggested that no bid has been made, and the striker is too expensive for the east London outfit:

 

Belotti scored 17 goals in 39 appearances for Torino last season, and according to Claret and Hugh, the Serie A outfit want around £63 million for the striker.

So it seems as though something will have to give if West Ham are to sign the Italian. Either Torino need to lower their demands, or the Hammers must up their bid.

As things stand, however, this has all the hallmarks of a transfer saga that will rumble on until deadline day.

Andrea Belotti of Italy during the 2020 UEFA European...

Andrea Belotti (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

And it could be argued that the Hammers are right not to pay anywhere near £63 million for Belotti.

The Italian is an established goalscorer, but it must be remembered that he is unproven in the Premier League.

And West Ham might just be better off pursuing other targets.

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