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West Ham could finally get their £55million man Andrea Belotti as striker decides it is time to leave Torino

West Ham United may finally be able to get their hands on long-standing striker target Andrea Belotti in the next window.

According to reports West Ham bid £55million for Torino’s Italian striker Belotti in the summer.

The Hammers were looking to add firepower to their attack in the summer after shipping out all five of last season’s strikers.

The 26-year old burst on to the Serie A scene with 26 league goals in the 2016-17 season. He has 124 goals in just over 300 games for club and country.

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Could West Ham finally get their £55million man?

And Belotti had hit 15 goals in 30 games before the season was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Tuttosport and Calcio Mercato, West Ham offered £55million move for Belotti in the summer.

But that bid was knocked back with Torino demanding £63million.

And West Ham instead spent £45million on Sebastien Haller, who has scored just seven goals all season.

Calcio Mercato and Football Espana later said Belotti could be purchased for over £30million LESS than West Ham were quoted by Torino last summer.

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Report claims Belotti has decided to leave Torino in the next window

And now Calcio Mercato has claimed Belotti wants to leave Torino in the next window.

“Belotti is reportedly ready to leave Torino next season,” Calcio Mercato states.

“Il Gallo has decided the time has come to move on after five years.”

West Ham’s Italian fan contingent took it on themselves to try and persuade the club to sign Belotti last summer.

Hammers supporter group Martelliditalia – which has its own dedicated website – backed calls for West Ham to sign ‘The Rooster’.

When the next transfer window will be is another matter.

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Hammers will need a new forward

Football in England is shut down until April 30th at the earliest. But UEFA want domestic seasons to be concluded by June 30th.

One thing is certain West Ham will have to invest in another striker if they do stay up.

Haller has proved – as fans predicted – that he cannot play up front on his own.

And fan favourite Michail Antonio does not have the quality to play as a striker in the Premier League.

Belotti also fits the age profile Moyes wants to build a new-look West Ham around.

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