West Ham United are reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation of striker target Krzysztof Piatek at AC Milan.
According to a recent report from Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, West Ham remain ‘vigilant’ regarding the prospect of signing Piatek from AC Milan this month.
The Hammers desperately need another striker to play alongside – and provide more competition for – the struggling Sebastien Haller.
Italian website Sport Mediaset reported earlier this month that West Ham were leading the race to sign the £25 million-rated hitman.
West Ham closely monitoring Piatek
And reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee backed up those claims, suggesting West Ham have scouted the Poland star on several occasions.
West Ham tried to sign Piatek from Genoa this time last year but were beaten to his signature by Milan.
After a fast start last season, Piatek has struggled this term with just five goals in 19 games.
Milan have re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a result. And that has cast further doubt on Piatek’s future.
If West Ham are genuinely interested they might be encouraged by the striker’s latest comments.
Striker speaks out on AC Milan turmoil
Piatek took a swipe at his critics in an interview with TVP Sport and says he has not become a bad player overnight.
““I look at myself in the mirror, look inside me to understand my mistakes,” Piatek told TVP Sport.
“There was too much turmoil at the club, the players feel this.
“In the beginning, as a team, we didn’t create as many scoring opportunities and the striker lives off this. Now, we are improving and it’s only a matter of time before I go back to shooting again, I can do it.
“For the journalists in Italy, one day you’re the pope of football and another the worst player ever.
“But I accept it. None of these people put themselves in my shoes, the covers of the newspapers can’t get to me, anyway.”
Could West Ham’s preferred loan with option suit all parties?
West Ham have been looking at loans all window.
And if they can persuade Milan to agree to a loan with an option – perhaps with a sizeable loan fee attached as a sweetener – it could be just what David Moyes needs to keep the Hammers up.
That may be a deal that suits all parties too.
If the 24-year-old does well it will obviously benefit West Ham. And it may even spark a bidding war for the player in the summer with Milan keen to recoup as much of their £30million outlay as possible.