European giants Juventus already have a clear plan in place to sign West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca this summer, it is claimed.
That’s according to new reports in Italy as the West Ham striker’s future looks uncertain beyond this season.
There has been a sense of deja vu around the Italian and ex Hammers striker Sebastien Haller – the man Scamacca was brought in to replace after an 18-month search.
Scamacca has been an unused substitute in West Ham’s last four Premier League games.
And Hammers boss David Moyes has publicly criticised the striker’s output in training leading to rumours of a falling out between the pair and suggestions the player is a bad apple – something the Scot flatly denied last week.
Scamacca did start – and score – in the easy win over Larnaca in the Europa Conference League last Thursday night.
But he was substituted after just 55 minutes sparking further criticism of Moyes, who had to defend his decision after the game.
Pundit Chris Sutton described Scamacca as ‘miserable’ and accused him of letting Moyes and West Ham down this season. He also said he believes the 6ft 5in forward will return to Italy in the summer.
That comes as speculation has swirled over Scamacca’s future at West Ham of late, particularly after his very public split from the agents who brokered his move to east London.
The likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan, Napoli and Juventus have all been linked with the Italian.
Now a report claims European giants Juventus already have a clear plan in place to sign West Ham star Scamacca this summer.
La Gazetta dello Sport claim Juventus will ‘hold a third round of talks’ to finally sign their longstanding target Scamacca this summer.
And the report claims Juve plan to offload Dusan Vlahovic or Moise Kean to make way and help raise funds.
According to Gazzetta, the Old Lady had tried to sign Scamacca twice before his £35m move to West Ham last summer, first with previous director of football Fabio Paratici and then with his successor Federico Cherubini.
With Italian clubs – and particularly Juve – enduring an extremely difficult financial climate – the report states the Serie A giants are so desperate to finally get Scamacca they will sell Vlahovic or Kean to help facilitate a deal.
Scamacca did an interview with West Ham’s official website after the Larnaca game in which he says he is happy at the club and living in London.
But it remains to be seen whether Moyes wants to keep him or if the player could resist the temptation to return to his homeland.