David Moyes target Tammy Abraham is up for sale in January but a new West Ham bid could stop Gianluca Scamacca’s best friend joining.
No sooner has Moyes hinted he needs to address West Ham’s woeful lack of goals than one of his longstanding former striker targets has been put up for sale.
Moyes wanted to bring Abraham to West Ham from Chelsea last year.
And the striker also fancied a move across London to West Ham according to a report from The Mirror.
In the end West Ham did not sign a forward and Abraham left Chelsea to join Jose Mourinho at Roma instead.
Abraham proved a big hit in his debut season in Italy, scoring 27 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions for Roma as they won the inaugural Europa Conference League.
West Ham finally ended an 18-month search for a striker by signing a player from Serie A this summer – Italy forward Scamacca for £35m.
It has been hit and miss for Scamacca so far as he feeds off scraps in a system and team that is not functioning well at West Ham.
And after a great debut season, Abraham is struggling over in Italy with just three league goals so far this term.
Now Moyes target Abraham is up for sale in January but a new West Ham bid could stop Scamacca’s best friend joining the Hammers.
David Moyes target Tammy Abraham up for sale in January but new West Ham bid could stop Gianluca Scamacca’s best friend joining
Abraham was booed by the fans when he was taken off in Roma’s 1-1 draw with Torino and tension is starting to mount.
With Moyes desperate for more firepower and having been keen to sign the ex Chelsea man last year, that will no doubt be big news at West Ham.
Especially considering Michail Antonio, who has not scored regularly for over a year now, turns 33 in March.
There is one big problem for West Ham, though, in any potential new move for Abraham.
Because Roma reportedly intend to use any money raised by selling the striker to fund a move for another West Ham target – Scamacca’s best friend and Italy teammate Davide Frattesi.
Last month Gazzetta dello Sport reported that West Ham want to sign the Sassuolo midfield ace.
Scamacca and Frattesi are best friends. They came through the Roma academy together and have played alongside one another throughout the Italy youth sides all the way up to the senior team.
The duo also ended up at Sassuolo together. Scamacca and Frattesi featured in an interview together during the last Italy training camp where they named one another as best friends.
And Frattesi, who has previously stated his ambition to play in the Premier League, admitted he has really missed Scamacca since he left for West Ham.
So Moyes might be cutting off his nose to spite his face if West Ham did try again to land Abraham.
If that were the case, the Scot could well face a decision over what is the bigger priority.
In an ideal world West Ham could do with both. Most clubs, especially those competing for – and in – Europe, have three strikers.
And with the very real possibility that Declan Rice will be leaving next summer, West Ham could do with getting a potential replacement in ahead of time, before every club in the world knows how much money the Hammers have to spend if the captain does depart.