The Mirror has made a laughable new claim about the West Ham transfer plan once Gianluca Scamacca is sold as Inter Milan deal edges closer.

West Ham fans have heard it all in this barren summer transfer window.

But a new report doing the rounds might just take the biscuit.

West Ham fans are growing increasingly frustrated by the fact they are the only club in the Premier League yet to sign a single player.

With captain and talisman Declan Rice gone and last season’s extended flirtation with relegation a reminder of the dangers of complacency, the enthusiasm and euphoria of the club’s first major trophy triumph for 43 years has waned.

The transfer stand-off between manager David Moyes and technical director Tim Steidten has left West Ham 10 days away from the start of the new season ridiculously short in key areas.

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Mirror make laughable new claim about West Ham transfer plan once Gianluca Scamacca is sold as Inter Milan deal edges closer

The futures of Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca look to be away from West Ham too.

Reports in Italy claim Inter Milan are close to agreeing a deal for the Italian forward Scamacca imminently at around £29m including add-ons.

That would leave the Hammers desperately short up front as well as in midfield.

There are no excuses for West Ham’s lack of spending thus far. Rice’s £105m sale actually equates to a transfer budget of over £130m – here’s how.

Now The Mirror has made a laughable new claim about the West Ham transfer plan once Scamacca is sold as Inter Milan deal edges closer.

Journalist Darren Lewis says West Ham are planning to finally step up their transfer business once Scamacca is sold.

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More nonsense as Hammers stand at bottom of transfer staircase

“Once he leaves, West Ham will look to add his fee to the £105million raked in from selling Declan Rice and move for up to four players,” Lewis reports.

“A £17million deal for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria is already understood to have been agreed. West Ham boss David Moyes also intends to sign James Ward Prowse from Southampton and Conor Gallagher from Chelsea.

“And while Moyes has high hopes for academy striker Divin Mubama, the Scot still intends to dip into the market for more firepower up front. Especially with Michail Antonio attracting interest from the MLS and Saudi Arabia.”

What utter nonsense this is. The inference that West Ham are having to wait to offload Scamacca before getting deals done is nothing short of ridiculous.

And it makes you question the rest of the contents of the report too.

It’s also pretty obvious West Ham will be stepping up the drive for signings in the next month. Given they are literally stood at the bottom of the stairs they can hardly step things down a notch can they?


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