Hammers striker Gianluca Scamacca could help West Ham beat bitter rivals Spurs to the exciting signing of star likened to Conor Gallagher in January.

West Ham were heavily linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Gallagher in the summer.

In the end the Hammers brought in Flynn Downes as backup for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek while Tottenham Hotspur brought in Yves Bissouma after David Moyes allegedly passed up the chance.

West Ham may have spent an unprecedented £170m on eight signings while Spurs were also very active.

But Downes has barely had a look in and West Ham’s decision not to sign someone who could seriously compete with Soucek for a place is already looking short-sighted.

Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images

West Ham and Tottenham were linked wit mutual interest in a host of players during the summer including Bissouma, Djed Spence, Filip Kostic and Destiny Udogie.

Spurs won the race to sign three of those players.

Now West Ham and Tottenham are reportedly ready to do battle again for another player when the January window opens.

According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport both Tottenham and West Ham want 23-year-old Italian midfielder Davide Frattesi.

Both Moyes and Antonio Conte are both keen to bolster their respective central midfield ranks in the winter window.

And the three-capped Italy international is on the radars of both the Hammers and Spurs ahead of January according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Italy  Training Session & Press Conference
Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Sassuolo ace is an exceptional talent and is an orthodox central midfielder by trade. But he can also operate in the number 10 position.

West Ham have not fared well in battles with Tottenham to sign players of late. And given the contrasting form of both sides so far this season, many might think Conte would be favourite to land Frattesi.

But Gianluca Scamacca could help West Ham beat Spurs to the exciting signing of the star likened to Conor Gallagher in January.

Frattesi has been compared favourably to Gallagher in scout reports by Total Football Analysis.

And Moyes could have the ace card over Conte thanks to Scamacca.

Scamacca and Frattesi are best friends. They came through the Roma academy together and have played together throughout the Italy youth sides all the way up to the senior side.

The duo also ended up at Sassuolo together. And West Ham will hope that the close friendship between their new striker and Frattesi will help them land the midfielder ahead of Spurs.

Scamacca and Frattesi featured in an interview together during their current Italy training camp where they named one another as their best friends.

And Frattesi admitted he has really missed Scamacca since he left for West Ham.

“I’ve missed him so much, two long months. It’s been strange to be one far from the other as we used to live together,” Frattesi said during a live Q&A on Italy’s social media channels along with his former teammate.

“I’ve known him since we were five or six years old. Sometimes he would come to my place to watch games, then our friendship became even stronger through the years.

West Ham United v Manchester City - Premier League
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

“We lived together at Sassuolo since we tested positive for COVID after the last winter break.

“We spent the isolation period at the same place and we were in sync, so we remained together until the end of the season.

“Now we are with the national team together, sometimes we joked about it in the past. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Given West Ham already have good relations with Sassuolo following the purchase of the striker, that could also give Moyes an advantage over Tottenham if he does push to reunite Frattesi with his close pal in a few months.


Insider makes £500m West Ham claim but reality could be very different.

West Ham make transfer plans clear with statement on Noble.

Jack Grealish claim gives West Ham great hope over Declan Rice.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know

More in Transfer News