West Ham United are being linked with yet another Serie A striker in new reports emerging from Italy.

The Hammers have focused a lot of their scouting and transfer business on Serie A since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos.

Record £40 million signing Felipe Anderson is a case in point.

But failed January bids for a host of strikers plying their trade in Italy’s top division suggest it is a marketplace West Ham have confidence in both in terms of quality and value for money.

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Pellegrini’s Italian job

West Ham had moves for Torino’s Andrea Belotti, Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek – now at Milan – and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata knocked back. And there was also genuine interest in Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

And it looks like Pellegrini and Husillos are keen to do more shopping in Italy this summer.

That’s if a new report from La Gazzetta dello Sport is anything to go by.

According to La Gazzetta – and as also reported by Football Italia – the Hammers have sent scouts to watch Genoa forward Christian Kouame several times.

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Young Ivorian Kouame on West Ham’s radar

The 21-year-old Ivorian has been impressive for Genoa contributing four goals and seven assists in 29 games between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

 

He has spent his entire senior career in Italy playing for Prato, Sassuolo, Inter and Cittadella.

His key asset? Pace and aerial prowess.

Kouame is 6ft 1in and uses his height well. He is also fleet of foot and forged a superb partnership with Piatek.

Everton are reportedly monitoring the striker too.

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West Ham looking to recreate fruitful partnership?

West Ham have also been consistently linked with Maxi Gomez who is a very similar striker to Piatek in many ways.

Perhaps the club envision Gomez and Kouame forging a similar partnership at the London Stadium.

If West Ham do like what they see they will be encouraged by Genoa’s apparent willingness to sell their stars for a reasonable price.

That was highlighted by the £30million sale of goal machine Piatek to AC Milan.