Sources close to coveted striker Gianluca Scamacca have spoken out on reports of a West Ham move to sign him.
It has not been a good couple of days when it comes to striker-related transfer news for West Ham.
After the £30m capture of defender Nayef Aguerd, West Ham were said to be fully focused on signing striker Armando Broja from Chelsea.
Indeed the Albanian is said to be West Ham’s prime striker target this summer.
Yesterday West Ham were said to have secretly signed giant Austrian forward Sasa Kalajdzic from Stuttgart.
West Ham are also said to have spoken to Sassuolo about signing Scamacca according to a new report from 90min.
“Among those (strikers) the club are interested in are Sassuolo duo Raspadori and Scamacca, who are both taking on a more important role in Italy’s national team under Roberto Mancini,” 90min reports.
But a new report from Italy has made for an unwelcome Hammers hat-trick.
Because sources close to coveted striker Scamacca have spoken out on reports of a West Ham move to sign him.
Sources – including some close to the striker himself – have told Get Italian Football News that West Ham have not made an approach and there is ‘absolutely no truth’ to the reports.
“Premier League side West Ham United are yet to make contact for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca,” Get Italian Football News reports.
“While the Italy international has been linked with a host of clubs in recent weeks and months – including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, recent reports stated that the Hammers had come forward for the Sassuolo striker.
“But according to sources contacted by Get Italian Football News, no contact has been made between the two parties, with those close to the player stating that talk of contact from the Hammers is ‘absolutely not true’.”
That doesn’t mean West Ham are not interested in Scamacca or that they might yet try to sign him.
But what it does show is a lot the speculation doing the rounds is exactly that – speculation.
Ideally Moyes will get a young, talented forward signed sooner rather than later.
But, as has been proved at West Ham over the last three windows, signing the right one to fit Moyes’ philosophy is easier said than done.