West Ham United have been hit with a big striker blow over Andrea Belotti that will be music to the ears of former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis.
The Hammers have been linked with Italy and Torino striker Belotti for years.
And in the summer West Ham were reported to be leading the race to sign the striker according to a report from Torino Granata.
Hammers long linked with Italy striker Belotti
But in the end David Moyes elected not to bring in another forward, leaving injury-prone Michail Antonio as West Ham’s only proper striker option.
Belotti has a very good record of 148 goals in 375 career games for club and country.
He is a proven goalscorer at the top level and many West Ham fans feel Belotti is exactly the kind of striker the club should be looking to sign.
Belotti has been linked with West Ham again in the last few days after he rejected a new deal at Torino (West Ham Zone).
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With his contract up next summer, it means he will likely be sold in January for a knockdown fee. That would be an ideal scenario for West Ham.
University of Oxford educated Gazidis had his detractors at Arsenal. Many Arsenal fans blame him for the turmoil the club has been through before and since Arsene Wenger left the Emirates.
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But he has slowly helped turn Milan around after years in the doldrums.
And the next item on former Gunner Gazidis’s agenda is Belotti according to the reports.
The former Arsenal director is planning to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season.
And he wants West Ham target Belotti as the Swede’s successor.
‘I can’t force him’
The bad news for West Ham is that Belotti appears to want the move to Milan too, after Torino president Urbano Cairo confirmed he will be leaving.
“He hasn’t signed and he probably doesn’t want to sign,” Belotti told reporters at the Festival dello Sport in Trento, as reported by Football Italia.
“I made an offer that went beyond my capabilities, but I can’t force him to do anything. I don’t think he wants to sign.”
It seems another potential option for West Ham bites the dust.
And if the Hammers planned on waiting until January to try and get Belotti on the cheap it may have seriously backfired.