West Ham are set to seal a blockbuster deal for Gianluca Scamacca today at less than the £42m Sassuolo asking price Sassuolo want.
That’s according to an exciting new report emerging from Italy on Friday lunchtime.
Monday started with widespread claims that the Hammers could be set for an unprecedented window week as they closed on the signings of Armando Broja, Gianluca Scamacca, Amadou Onana and Jesse Lingard while a bid was said to have been readied for swashbuckling German left-back Raum.
But it has been a disastrous few days for West Ham on and off the pitch.
New £30m defender Nayef Aguerd suffered what looks a serious ankle injury in a lacklustre 3-1 defeat to Rangers.
After the game a seriously agitated Moyes questioned his players – again – and issued a transfer ultimatum to West Ham’s owners.
Thomas Tuchel publicly declared he doesn’t expect Broja to leave Chelsea, Lille continue to ignore West Ham’s attempts to sign Onana, a West Ham insider claimed Moyes had cooled interest in Scamacca and Lingard joined Nottingham Forest.
Then overnight it was revealed alleged Hammers target Raum is joining RB Leipzig.
But there appears to finally be some good news for West Ham and Moyes.
Because a new report claims West Ham are set to seal a blockbuster deal for Scamacca today at less than the £42m asking price Sassuolo want.
According to Italian transfer reporter Alfredo Pedulla and Get Italian Football News, West Ham are now looking to close their deal to sign Italy international Scamacca.
West Ham set to seal blockbuster deal for Gianluca Scamacca today at less than the £42m asking price Sassuolo want – report
Get Italian Football News have led the Scamacca story this summer as they have sources within the player’s entourage.
And in a new update they claim the deal could be concluded quickly at around £36.5m including add-ons as West Ham ramp up their bid.
“Contacts between the two clubs have truly come alive now and the Hammers will make new contact with Sassuolo to potentially close the deal for Scamacca,” Get Italian Football News reports.
“The Neroverdi had made it clear that they needed €40 million (£34m) plus bonuses of €7 million (£6m) to close the deal but West Ham asked for a discount.
“Now, a deal could potentially close at an initial €35 million to €37 million (£29-31m) plus bonuses that could take the total fee to €42 million or €43 million (£35-36.5m). This is the base from which parties will start talking again. Scamacca didn’t feature in Sassuolo’s recently friendly and the transfer market developments was one of the reasons for it.”
It comes after Sassuolo’s manager Alessio Dionisi declared yesterday he was tired of the Scamacca situation and transfer window distractions and wanted it concluded one way or another as soon as possible (TMW).
“Scamacca didn’t do as much in training as the others and we didn’t want to risk him,” Dionisi told Tuttomercatoweb.
“What I’d like from the transfer market is for it to close as soon as possible, so we don’t need to keep talking about it.
“If there are no further sales, then it’ll be easier to work in training, otherwise we’ll have to keep making do with what we have.
“A coach has to be a coach, then along with the directors find the right alchemy for the squad, but it’s important to respect one’s roles.”
It sounds like something is going to give today and everyone at West Ham will be keeping everything crossed.