Expensive summer signing considering sudden West Ham divorce after taking matters into his own hands
One of the main signings West Ham United made in the summer of 2022 is already pondering his future at the club, according to a report.
West Ham were fairly busy last summer, bringing in the likes of Nayef Aguerd, Lucas Paqueta, Thilo Kehrer, Maxwel Cornet and Emerson Palmieri for decent money. But perhaps the headline recruit was Gianluca Scamacca.
The club had been needing a new striker for a long time, but were patient before buying Scamacca. After arriving from Sassuolo, he has gone on to seven goals from 24 games as he adjusts to English football. In the Premier League, he has only found the net three times from 16 appearances.
Now, there could already be a chance of Scamacca leaving West Ham. As already reported in recent months, the Italy international has remained on the radar of several clubs back in Serie A.
And over the past couple of days, he has mutually agreed to separate with his representatives. It might not be the only change he makes in 2023.
According to various reports in Italy, most recently from Calciomercato, Scamacca is already considering his future at West Ham, despite being under contract there until 2027.
The striker is ready to find a new agent who can help him decide what the best thing to do is for his club future. Since he is not too convinced about his current club – who are in the bottom half of the Premier League – Scamacca might look elsewhere.
Specifically, he might become a target for AC Milan, who are looking for a younger centre-forward than Olivier Giroud or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
West Ham set Scamacca asking price
Before sanctioning his sale, though, West Ham would likely hold out for a transfer fee of €50million (£44.4m), which would give them a small but quick profit. Because of those demands, it may still be more likely for Scamacca to stay where he is.
It remains to be seen if anyone – whether that be Milan or another suitor like Napoli, who might go for Scamacca if they have to sell Victor Osimhen in the summer – would be willing to meet that kind of asking price. If not, West Ham might get to benefit from Scamacca’s services for a while longer.
But having a player on board who is not happy – especially one who cost so much to bring to the club – does not make for an ideal situation at the London Stadium.
Until the summer, it will be up to David Moyes to get the best out of Scamacca. Perhaps in the process, it could help convince the striker about staying put in east London.
Yet if he does leave, West Ham could be back to square one in their search for a striker. And after it took them so long to fix the issue last time, that could be a serious cause for concern.
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