West Ham United have been dealt a blow in their reported bid to bring Andrea Belotti to the London Stadium.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet CalcioMercato, who claim that, despite previous reports last month suggesting that West Ham had met with the centre-forward’s representatives in order to discuss a deal to bring the 28-year-old to east London this summer, Wolverhampton Wanderers have now made a move for the Italy international.
However, the report goes on to state that, at present, Belotti has rejected the proposal offered by Bruno Lage’s side, as he is waiting for AS Roma – who are believed to have an agreement in place with the striker – to make room in their first team squad in order for Jose Mourinho to be able to register the former Torino attacker officially.
Although, despite Roma’s agreement with the forward, CalcioMercato suggest that, should the Serie A side be unable to complete their signing of the 28-year-old in the coming days, the centre-forward will consider other options.
That eventuality could well open the door for West Ham to enter the conversation again and make a late move for the 44-cap international.
While it is true that David Moyes has already added Gianluca Scamacca to his attacking arsenal this summer, considering the sheer amount of talent Belotti undoubtedly possesses, in addition to the fact the Italian would be available to sign on a free, the argument that the 28-year-old’s signing would be an unbelievable deal for West Ham to complete is an easy one to make.
Indeed, over his seven Serie A campaigns during his time with Torino, the £18m-rated forward proved just how deadly a marksman he well and truly is, hitting double figures for goals in all but one of these seven seasons.
The £60k-per-week hitman’s best league campaign for Il Toro undoubtedly came back in 2016/17, when he scored a quite astonishing 26 goals, registered seven assists and created five big chances over 35 fixtures, returns that saw the striker not only rank as his club’s best performer in the division but also as the sixth-best player in the Italian top flight as a whole that year.
And, with West Ham currently being the only side in the top flight who are yet to hit the back of the net so far this season, it is clear to see that Moyes is still in need of further attacking reinforcements should he wish to replicate the Hammers’ top-seven finish in the league, as well as their run to a European semi-final, this time around.
As such, the signing of a player who Tancredi Palmeri dubbed “unbelievable” and has 100 league goals in 232 appearances to his name would indeed appear to make for an unbelievable addition to the Irons’ current attacking options – particularly as he would not cost the club a penny in transfer fees.