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Report: Empoli have option to buy Bartlomiej Dragowski but West Ham hope to win the race

West Ham are hoping to sign Bartlomiej Dragowski, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claims. Gazzetta dello Sport ran an interview with young goalkeeper Dragowski and claimed that the Hammers are ‘on the horizon’.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Empoli from Fiorentina. Empoli have an option to buy clause in his loan deal but he will return to Fiorentina if they opt against triggering it.

West Ham are waiting in the wings, monitoring Dragowski’s situation and they could pounce this summer.

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Bartlomiej Dragowski on his future

According to a recent report by Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham scouted Dragowski in action recently. In the Serie A game between Empoli and Dragowski’s parent club Fiorentina, West Ham watched on as the youthful stopper kept a clean sheet.

Empoli won the game 1-0 to boost their survival hopes and they followed this up with a 2-1 win away at Sampdoria over the weekend. The only goal Dragowski conceded was a late penalty.

With two games remaining, Empoli occupy 18th place (the final relegation spot) and they are just one point off safety. Unsurprisingly, Dragowski’s focus is not on his future but on keeping Empoli in Serie A.

Dragowski told Gazzetta dello Sport (as translated via Sport Witness): “Sorry, now I think only of Empoli. What happens next, I don’t care. And, I must confess, I can’t even think of the next U21 Europeans. An important event.”

West Ham want the Poland U21 international to replace outbound goalkeeper Adrian at The London Stadium. Dragowski would initially be the back-up choice before taking fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski’s spot in the next few years.

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