Duván Zapata was Atalanta’s standout player last season with 23 goals and seven assists in the league, and was instrumental for his side to qualify for the Champions League this term.

The Colombia international has extended his fine form this campaign with four goals and an assist in five league matches. It’s no surprise his performances have caught attention from other clubs and West Ham United have long been chasing the striker.

Sky Italia reported the Hammers tried to sign him in January and even offered €40m to Atalanta, which was turned down. Earlier in May, reports coming out of Italy suggested the Premier League club were still interested in the 28-year-old in the summer.

It has now been relayed by Calciomercato, who claims Manuel Pellegrini’s side moved strongly to secure the South American’s services in the summer, but Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini didn’t give his approval for the transfer.

Zapata’s current deal runs down 2022 and the report adds Atalanta want to fend off West Ham and other potential suitors by handing their star a new contract until 2024.

It’s claimed the Serie A side’s president Antonio Percassi and his family are working with the player’s agent to extend the contract.