By Sam Stone

2nd Jul, 2022 | 12:30pm

Andrea Belotti could be option for West Ham as Newcastle look to rival Armando Broja deal

West Ham United could turn their striker attention to 28-year-old Italian striker Andrea Belotti as Newcastle United look to hijack the Hammers’ move for Armando Broja.

The Mirror reported in their print edition [02 July, pg. 66], that the Irons are concerned that the Magpies could offer 20-year-old Broja a more lucrative wage package compared to the Hammers.

If the Irons fail to land Broja, David Moyes could well turn his attention to former Torino striker Belotti, with the Italian international now a free agent after leaving the Serie A side.

West Ham have previously been linked with Belotti with La Stampa reporting on 18 May that West Ham, along with AS Roma and Toronto are interested in the striker.

With Belotti now a free agent, The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano suggested via his personal Twitter account [1 July] that the striker is “available on the market” and that he will “make a decision on his future club soon”.

It would not be a surprise to see West Ham show an interest in the striker given that he is a proven Serie A goalscorer as well as an Italian international.

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Furthermore, there would be no transfer fee involved which would benefit Moyes, with the Hammers boss looking to maximise his transfer kitty this summer.

Belotti is potentially slightly older than the targets Moyes would ideally be looking at, but nevertheless would be a potent addition if he was signed on a two or three year contract.

Certianly one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.