West Ham have been linked with Duvan Zapata yet again this week but this time it coincides with his dip in form.

According to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, West Ham continue to try to sign Atalanta striker Zapata. The Hammers were linked with a £35m swoop for Zapata in the January transfer window, according to Tuttosport via The Express.

Zapata was lined up as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic but the Austrian ended up staying at West Ham instead. But ahead of the summer transfer window, the Zapata to West Ham rumours have picked up pace again.

West Ham battling for Duvan Zapata?

According to this report by Calcio Mercato, West Ham are tussling with Inter Milan for the Atalanta striker. Inter are leading the chase and are planning to add clauses into the deal to make it cheaper.

Atalanta will look for €40m (around £35m) for their prize striker if West Ham or Inter Milan wish to firm up their interest in the summer.

Duvan Zapata suffers dip in form

Duvan Zapata is four games without a goal after a stunning run. (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But West Ham will be eager to monitor how the 27-year-old performs between now and the end of the season after his form has dipped in recent weeks.

Zapata has scored 21 goals in 35 appearances this season but has failed to find the net in his last four outings.

Prior to that, the Colombia international struck a stunning 19 goals in 15 appearances to put him on West Ham’s radar.

Whether that was a rare purple patch remains to be seen and will be revealed by the end of the season.

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