West Ham fail with Scamacca bid attempt to shrug off Lingard blow, as hefty striker valuation emerges

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Gianluca Scamacca, England v Italy June 2022 Credit: PA Images
Gianluca Scamacca, England v Italy June 2022 Credit: PA Images

West Ham have failed with a bid worth £34million for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca as they chase a much-needed signing.

The Hammers are looking to finally break into the Premier League’s top four but know they need a host of top signings. While they have added Nayef Aguerd to their defence, midfield and attack remains an issue.

Lille’s Amadou Onana is a lesser-known transfer target for the midfield, with a deal progressing well. But Jesse Lingard was the more high-profile signing ambition – until the transfer got away.

Indeed, Nottingham Forest have broken their wage structure to sign Lingard. Sky Sports News subsequently reports that the Hammers have immediately turned their attentions back to attacking signings.

And they have made a €40million (£34million) bid for Scamacca, although Sassuolo have rejected the offer.

The Serie A club instead want €50million (£42.6million) for their Italy international.

Nevertheless, Sky Sports News adds that talks between West Ham and Sassuolo remain ‘positive’, with a deal not completely out of sight.

But it seems West Ham will have to pay over their odds to get some of their targets this summer. Following the Lingard deal getting away, David Moyes is keen to get a striker signing over the line.

West Ham chasing Scamacca, Broja

West Ham also have strong interest in Chelsea striker Armando Broja. The Hammers have made a £30million bid for the Albania international, who Chelsea would rather see leave on loan.

Broja has responded by insisting he wants a permanent transfer away from Stamford Bridge after successive temporary spells at Southampton and Vitesse Arnhem.

Both he and Scamacca would be ideal goalscoring support to help Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen at the London Stadium.

Scamacca has scored 24 goals in 65 Serie A appearances, including 16 in 36 top-flight outings last term.

Hammers need goalscoring support

Bowen and Antonio carried West Ham brilliantly last season – the former more often than not – but the fact they ran out of steam in the top-four race and in the Europa League semi-finals shows they need more support.

Either Scamacca or Broja would be good options if the club cannot afford both players.

Broja is fresh from his Southampton spell looking to prove himself in the Premier League again.

Scamacca could end up being the surprise Premier League package next season if he took to the new adventure well.

But firstly, West Ham need to meet the 23-year-old’s valuation – or try to find a compromise. Given they failed with a compromise on Lingard, though, their negotiating tactics may now change.

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