West Ham’s attempts to sign Edin Dzeko look destined for failure. And this has prompted them to press ahead with their interest in Dario Benedetto, according to Corriere dello Sport.
Boca Juniors striker Benedetto is now West Ham’s next striker focus as Manuel Pellegrini attempts to add goals to his squad.
His current options have been erratic and they have all been linked with summer exits. This led Pellegrini to target his former Manchester City striker Dzeko.
But after that fell through, he has now decided to look to South America and target Argentina-based striker Benedetto this summer.
West Ham fail to land Edin Dzeko
West Ham’s hopes of landing Dzeko are slim. According to Corriere dello Sport, the 33-year-old is set to reject the Hammers because he favours a move to Inter Milan.
But Red Bull Leipzig are also in the hunt for the Roma striker. Dzeko’s future remains uncertain but a move to West Ham seems increasingly unlikely.
West Ham and Roma want Dario Benedetto
After failing to make a breakthrough in the Dzeko pursuit, West Ham have turned their attention to Benedetto. The 28-year-old is at Boca Juniors and has only played his football in Argentina and Mexico throughout his career.
Benedetto moved to Boca Juniors in 2016 and a remarkable 30 goals in 34 league games in his first two seasons back. But he has since had an injury-prone season to hold him back.
West Ham have reportedly offered €20m (just over £17m) for the Argentina international but Roma also want him. The Italian side see Benedetto as Dzeko’s replacement.
With just five goals in 20 games this season, perhaps West Ham should be looking at a more prolific striker. And given his age, lack of experience in Europe and injury record, this does not seem like a sensible investment.