Gianluca Scamacca: West Ham blow Euro big guns out the water over signing – but one big hurdle remains

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Gianluca Scamacca of US Sassuolo reacts during the Serie A football match between SS Lazio and Sassuolo Calcio at Olimpico stadium in Rome Credit: PA Images
Gianluca Scamacca of US Sassuolo reacts during the Serie A football match between SS Lazio and Sassuolo Calcio at Olimpico stadium in Rome Credit: PA Images

West Ham are reportedly engineering themselves to the front of the queue to sign Gianluca Scamacca after making contact over what be the second costliest signing in their history.

The Hammers have made a solid start to the summer transfer market, bringing in three players so far. And in centre-half Nayef Aguerd, midfielder Flynn Downes and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola making a permanent move, David Moyes has moved to fix three priority positions.

However, Moyes has long since made clear his wish to sign a new striker. Indeed, they have been seeking a new No 9 since offloading Sebastien Haller to Ajax way back in January 2021. Now on the fourth transfer window since the Frenchman’s exit, the club finally looks like landing a new option.

That comes in the form of Italy striker Scamacca, who looks destined to leave Sassuolo this summer. The 23-year-old scored 16 times in 41 appearances last season, with his form alerting several sides over his potential.

Arsenal were the first to be linked, though they ultimately managed to persuade top target Gabriel Jesus to the club from Manchester City.

Since then, it is PSG who have led the way for the seven-times capped international.

However, the Serie A outfit are reportedly demanding £38m (€45m) for Scamacca, a fee the French champions are seemingly unwilling to pay.

That initially appeared problematic too for West Ham, with the fee also above what the east London side were also willing to spend.

However, Get French Football News now claims in an exclusive that West Ham have made contact to hijack PSG’s move.

With the Ligue 1 giants dithering over the fee, they claim West Ham are now indicating their willingness to meet his asking price.

West Ham still need to convince Gianluca Scamacca

His signing would prove the second costliest in their history, second only to the £45m paid to Eintracht Frankfurt for Haller.

However, getting the deal over the line still looks something of a tall order for Moyes and West Ham.

Indeed, the 6ft 5in striker reportedly has already given his word to PSG over his signing. GFFN claims Scamacca has already agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 giants and is just waiting on a fee to be agreed before taking the next step.

As such, the Hammers will need to talk the player round if they are to convince him to move to London instead.

Sky Sports notes, however, that PSG are currently nowhere near meeting Sassuolo’s asking price. And that gives West Ham hope that they can still secure his signature.

A powerful striker, Scamacca looks ideally built to succeed in the Premier League.

And if West Ham can pull off his signing, it would be a real statement of intent. Moyes and Co are looking to close that gap on the Premier League’s top four. And a deal for Scamacca would certainly push them closer to that aim.

The Hammers, meanwhile, face a threat from the opposite side of London as they look to secure the signing of Djibril Sidibe.

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