West Ham did in fact bid for Duván Zapata in the January transfer window, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. Zapata had been earmarked as a potential replacement for the seemingly outgoing Marko Arnautovic by the club.
Duván Zapata has been in outstanding form this season having scored 15 goals in his last 10 Serie A games. He is currently on a two year loan deal at Atalanta from parent club Sampdoria. The Colombian has been the key figure in taking Atalanta to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Di Marzio has reported that the east London club lodged a bid of around €40 million for the services of the striker. This large sum of money would have presumably been mainly subsided by any potential transfer of Mark Arnautovic to China.
As it turned out, Arnautovic did not complete a transfer out to China and instead signed a contract extension. Given that the Austrian has only scored eight goals in all competitions this season compared to Zapata’s 21, this could have been a major upgrade.
Zapata is also a physical striker in the mould of Arnautovic but is two years younger. His excellent goal scoring record would surely have improved if provided with the service of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini too.
However, Zapata may be on the move come the summer as Atalanta are rumoured to be looking at Roberto Inglese as a potential replacement, according to Calciomercato. This would open the door for the Hammers to swoop.
It is expected that Arnautovic will eventually leave the club in the summer. Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll’s futures are unclear also which means the club will be looking for a striker.
Zapata could be the one to spearhead a European charge for the Hammers.