The value of West Ham United’s top January transfer target Krzysztof Piatek has doubled to £70m in the last two weeks.
Sportitalia claimed the Hammers had a £35million bid accepted for Piatek amid the recent uncertainty over Marko Arnautovic’s future.
The Poland international scored a remarkable 19 goals in 19 starts for for Genoa this season.
‘West Ham made a big offer’
And that turned out to be the case as Milan ended up trumping West Ham.
Piatek has since told Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy it wasn’t for the want of trying.
“West Ham also made a big offer, but Genoa turned it down as they have a very good relationship with Milan and wanted to give them the priority,” Piatek told Przeglad Sportowy.
To rub salt in the wounds Piatek has been an instant hit at the San Siro, scoring six goals in his first five games.
‘He has already doubled his value’
But West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will be kicking themselves as Piatek’s former president claims the striker’s value has doubled in just three weeks.
Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti told La Gazzetta dello Sport Piatek has entered ‘a different dimension of the transfer market’.
“Genoa took a gamble on him and out of necessity we took €35m,” Perinetti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“In theory, Piatek has already doubled his value, as he’s now worth no less than €70-80m.”
Rubbing salt in the wound
In the same time Arnautovic’s value has arguably dropped. The Austrian has barely featured since the speculation despite signing an improved new deal.
After the Piatek snib, West Ham are believed to have turned their attentions to Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez.
That did not materialise either.
But many feel it might be revisited in the summer. That’s because all four of West Ham’s current senior strikers looking likely to leave.
Watching Piatek’s success may be tough to take for the Hammers. He scored another brace last time out in a 3-1 win over Atalanta.
But the genuine interest in him is a sure sign West Ham intend to continue showing ambition in the transfer market.