West Ham striker target Andrea Belotti has commented on his future and it will surely give David Moyes hope.
According to various reports, the Torino man was a prime target for Moyes in the January window and remains so for the summer.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at Torino this summer and according to the likes of Westhamfans.org, the Hammers want to sign Belotti on a free transfer.
In so many ways hardworking Belotti would be perfect for West Ham.
His movement – as it has to be to score goals in Italy – is superb. He is as strong as an ox and accomplished at leading the line on his own.
Belotti boasts an impressive goalscoring record too with 150 goals his name in 386 career games for club and country (Transfermarkt).
Belotti has so far refused to sign a new contract at Torino, who are desperately hoping he will change his mind.
Belotti’s future is the subject of much speculation in Italy with talk of a potential move to rivals Juventus or AC Milan.
Now the West Ham striker target has commented on his future and it will surely give Moyes hope with Belotti suggesting he will leave but insisting he does not yet know for where.
After scoring for Torino in their big 1-1 derby draw against Juve last night, Belotti said he was ‘proud if that was his last derby’ with the club.
West Ham striker target Andrea Belotti comments on future and it will give David Moyes hope
“I don’t know (my future club yet), but if it’s the last one I’m proud of myself and my teammates because we played a great game,” Belotti told DAZN after the game as also reported by Football Italia.
Italian transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano also picked up on the comments.
And he revealed Belotti has already turned down a move to Russian side Zenit – one of West Ham’s potential Europa League last 16 opponents.
“Andrea Belotti on his Torino contract expiring in June: “I don’t know what’s gonna happen – if it were to be my last Turin derby, I would be proud of our performance”, he told Dazn,” Romano said on Twitter.
“Belotti has already turned down an approach by Zenit St Petersburg months ago.”
With Belotti available on a free transfer the competition for his signature will be increased.
And West Ham would have been able to strike a pre-contract agreement with the player in January as per Bosman rules.
That could suggest he plans to remain in Italy but West Ham will hope a summer swoop could bring Belotti to the London Stadium.
He has been out injured for over two months, though, so that may have deterred the likes of West Ham from entering into any pre-contract talks while they waited to see how Belotti recovered.