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West Ham: Marco Giordano drops Piotr Zielinski update

Marco Giordano has dropped an update on reported West Ham United transfer target Piotr Zielinski.

What’s the latest?

In a recent post on Twitter (via Sport Witness), the CalcioMercato journalist revealed that, following reports suggesting that the Napoli forward was not overly convinced by West Ham’s salary proposal in initial discussions with the Premier League club, Rob Newman is now set to offer the 28-year-old an increased wage of €6m (£5m) per year – roughly £96k-per-week.

Further reports have also revealed that the Hammers’ opening offer for the attacking midfielder – believed to be in the region of €25m (£21m) – has also been rejected by the Serie A club, with Aurelio De Laurentiis said to be holding out for a figure closer to €40m (£33.7m) in order to sanction the attacking midfielder’s sale this summer.

In his tweet, Giordano said: “Zielinski update. In the last few hours, West Ham have raised the salary – working on the psychological threshold of about €6m per season. To convince Napoli you need €38-40m (including bonuses). New contact in the next few hours.”

Supporters will love Giordano’s update

Considering just how exciting an addition Zielinski would undoubtedly be to David Moyes’ first-team squad, Giordano’s update that Newman is set to return to talks with both the player and Napoli regarding a deal for the 28-year-old is sure to be news that the London Stadium faithful will love.

Indeed, over his 35 Serie A appearances in 2021/22, the £36m-rated forward was in fantastic form, scoring six goals, providing five assists and creating five big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.2 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.

These returns saw the £106k-per-week talent average an impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Luciano Spalletti’s 13th-best performer in the top flight of Italian football last time out.

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The 28-year-old also impressed over his seven outings in the Europa League last season, bagging two goals along the way, in addition to taking 1.7 shots, making 1.7 key passes and completing one dribble per game.

These metrics saw the former Udinese ace average an even more eye-catching SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Napoli’s fourth-best player in Europe.

As such, it is clear to see that Zielinski would make a fantastic addition to Moyes’ attacking arsenal ahead of West Ham’s Premier League and Europa Conference League campaigns next season. That leads us to believe that Giordano’s latest update on the Irons’ pursuit of the forward is fantastic news for everyone involved with the east London club.

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