Making an offer to free agent Jesse Lingard, West Ham United have gone for a tried and tested option to help David Moyes’ attack.
While the Hammers wait for the England International to give them a reply, other players are being looked at to (hopefully) increase the number of goals at London Stadium in the future, with Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca on their list.
This is according to Sport Mediaset, who explain the Italian, who scored 16 goals in 38 appearances last season, is valued at €45m by his club.
That’s seen as a ‘too high of a price for a young prospect’, with the 23-year-old still not seen as an established forward to date.
This is why Sassuolo would ideally want to keep hold of him a while longer while he continues to develop, but ‘the doors could be opened’ only to clubs ‘exclusively equipped with an economic buffer capable of providing considerable room for error’.
Those are seen as Premier League teams, with ‘West Ham above all’ mentioned, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, now led by Luis Campos on the transfer market, to whom Scamacca was ‘offered’ last week.
That being said, these are all seen as ‘improvised dialogues’ that aren’t really leading anywhere and the €45m asking price is likely to ‘keep the top clubs at a safe distance until the market comes to an end’.
This means that unless West Ham are desperate for Scamacca, which they could very well be considering the striker situation at the Hammers these days, he’s staying put.
It will now be up to David Moyes and his staff to find alternatives, perhaps at a cheaper price.