Rumours linking West Ham with Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata have resurfaced.
According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, West Ham have made a fresh proposal for Zapata. The Colombia striker has been heavily linked with the Hammers in the past and he might be a January target again.
Atalanta do not want to sell Zapata, though. The Italian side are currently playing Champions League football and Zapata is a key player. It would take a sizeable bid to drag him away from Serie A in January.
Antonio Percassi, president of Atalanta, is determined to keep Zapata at the club. This report claims that Percassi has told West Ham that Zapata will not be joining them in January.
Is Duvan Zapata the answer?
Zapata has long been linked with West Ham. In fact, the Irons even agreed to a £6.8m switch for Zapata in 2013 when he was at Etudiantes (The Guardian). However, that fell through due to a work permit problem and he has since carved out a career in Italy.
But with West Ham now struggling, is this the perfect time to rekindle the Zapata interest? There is no arguing with his recent goalscoring record. Seven in nine games this season is an impressive tally. He can add that to the 28 he scored last year.
However, there are two main problems with Zapata at the moment. Firstly, he is currently out injured with a tear in his abductor muscle. Also, he is likely to cost a lot of money.
There have been varying reports on West Ham’s finances ahead of the January transfer window but spending big on Zapata looks out of the question for now. Besides, there are other areas that also need strengthening with a shoestring budget.