Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata actually wanted to join West Ham United on transfer deadline day, a report has claimed.
90min reckon that the 30-year-old striker was keen to move to the London Stadium on deadline day after the Hammers made a late offer for his services.
Sky Sports claimed yesterday that West Ham submitted a deal sheet to the Premier League, but failed to get the transfer over the line for the Colombia international.
David Moyes desperately needed to bring a top-class striker to the club in the January transfer window.
The Scot obviously failed to do that. Whoever is actually to blame isn’t clear, but the West Ham fans all know deep down what the problem was. Here’s a clue…it wasn’t Moyes…
Failing to get a deal for Zapata over the line was frustrating, especially due to the fact that we left it so ridiculously late on in the window to make it happen.
And now the Hammers fans might be even more angry, because a deal was clearly there to be done…
West Ham failed with deadline day move for Atalanta striker Zapata
The Colombia international was actually keen to move to the Hammers according to a report from 90min.
So had we made attempts to sign him earlier on in the window, we probably would have been able to get the deal done.
Zapata would have been a fantastic addition to Moyes’s ranks at the London Stadium.
The 30-year-old striker has been in fine form in Italy this season, racking up 12 goals and seven assists in 22 games for Atalanta. He also boasts a decent career record of 149 goals in 379 games (Transfermarkt).
Zapata seems to possess all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.
The South American stands at 6ft 2in tall, and possesses an impressive build and physique. He is strong as an ox and has pace in abundance.
A loan deal with an option to sign the South American permanently in the summer would have been great. Alas, it didn’t happen though.
That could end up being a real body blow for West Ham this season. Michail Antonio will be relied upon far too much once again. We just have to keep our fingers crossed that the 31-year-old doesn’t break down with an injury between now and May.
If only there were 31 days in the transfer window where the Hammers owners could have started to negotiate for a deals to sign a striker like Zapata…