West Ham apparently did indeed make a move to sign Atalanta centre-forward Duvan Zapata on transfer deadline day in January.
It appears as though the Hammers are not interested in signing him anymore, however.
Or at least we aren’t in talks with Atalanta about a potential summer move to bring the Colombia international to the London Stadium.
That’s according to claims from high level West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh.
David Moyes desperately needed to bring an elite striker to the London Stadium during the January transfer window. The Scot tried and failed with moves for plenty of big names.
Duvan Zapata was the one we came closest to signing, however.
West Ham missed out on Atalanta centre-forward
The 30-year-old Colombian came close to joining the Hammers on deadline day in January.
It is alleged that a deal for West Ham to sign the 30-year-old Atalanta striker was ‘hastily arranged’ on deadline day.
One final signature was required from the powers that be at the Serie A club, but they ‘went missing’.
And yesterday, Milan Live claimed that West Ham are prioritising a move to sign Zapata in the summer.
Claret and Hugh reckon that isn’t the case, however, and we are not still in dialect with Atalanta about a potential summer transfer window move for the South American hitman.
The Hammers insiders do insist that we made a move to sign him on deadline day, however.
We believe that Zapata would have been a very good signing for West Ham what with his strength, pace and finishing ability.
Forza Italian Football claims that Atalanta want around €40 million (£33 million) for the 30-year-old striker. Perhaps that’s a tad steep for Zapata given his age and the fact that he has just suffered an injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Much will depend on how strongly he returns from his current injury.
And given Moyes’s supposed ‘Red Bull’ vision, it would be hugely surprising if West Ham do indeed make another attempt to sign Zapata. He’ll be 31 before the start of next season after all.