West Ham have agreed a £35.5m deal to sign Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, with personal terms now under discussion.
The Hammers have agreed to pay an initial £30.5m with £5m in add-ons for the 23-year-old, who scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season for the Italian side.
The deal includes a 10 per cent sell-on clause for Sassuolo.
West Ham also remain interested in Chelsea striker Armando Broja and dialogue between the clubs remains open.
While signing both Broja and Scamacca has not been ruled out, it’s increasingly likely to be one or the other.
The Irons are also awaiting a response from Lille over the potential transfer of midfielder Amadou Onana.
Meanwhile, West Ham have missed out on signing Jesse Lingard on a free transfer after he joined Nottingham Forest on a one-year deal.
West Ham had made a proposal to sign Lingard and were satisfied with the offer they put forward, but the 29-year-old has decided to join the newly-promoted side.
West Ham have made three signings so far this summer with the arrivals of defender Nayef Aguerd, who joined from Rennes for £30m, and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for £7.75m from Paris Saint-Germain after his successful loan stint last season and midfielder Flynn Downes from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.
West Ham boss David Moyes is looking to improve his squad ahead of a season that will see West Ham combine Premier League improvement with a first Europa Conference League campaign.
West Ham make bid to sign Frankfurt’s Kostic
West Ham have also made a bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic as the left-sided player enters the final year of his contract at the Bundesliga side.
Left-back has been a priority position this summer for Moyes and the club have moved for the Serbia international, who helped Frankfurt win the Europa League last season.
The 29-year-old can play as a left winger or as a left wing-back, and Moyes had a close look at Kostic last season as Frankfurt beat the Hammers in the Europa League semi-finals.
Kostic impressed in the competition as he won UEFA Europa League Player of the Season and had the most assists in last season’s tournament with six.
Scamacca could be next Zlatan
Gianluca Scamacca is in demand and it is easy to see why. He is a 6’5″ Italy international striker who scored 16 times in Serie A last season, a man capable of all sorts of goals. The only surprise is the route that he has taken to the top.
At 23, Scamacca is both early phenomenon and late bloomer. Identified at 15 as one of the brightest talents in Europe, twice he travelled to the Netherlands as a teenager in search of opportunity. But he was still out on loan at Ascoli in Serie B at the age of 21.
Now, after shining for Sassuolo, he is not only seen as the striker around whom Italy should build their attack, but also a man who can command a fee in excess of £40m given that he might just be the heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The big man with the dancing feet.
Why is Broja in demand?
Broja’s key strengths are in areas which often slip under the radar. He excels at regaining possession in the final third, winning aerials and running with the ball at his feet.
In fact, only five players recovered more possession in attacking areas last term – despite the Albanian starting only 21 league games.
In addition to being among the league’s elite players for pressing from the front, he also ranks among the top 10 for fast breaks.
Despite his limited game time, the 20-year-old clocked 112 touches in the opposition box – achieved by deft movement, creating space and carrying the ball into dangerous areas.
Drilling deeper into his returns over a brief professional career to date, the youngster has produced 20 goals from just 48 starts across all competitions – an impressive strike-rate, given he has also been hooked off 35 times.
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