By Anthony Onifade

19th Jan, 2023 | 8:45am

West Ham interested in Nicolo Zaniolo, AS Roma open to sale this month

West Ham are one of a number of clubs interested in AS Roma superstar Nicolo Zaniolo, with the Italian Serie A giants open to selling the forward this month, according to Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The talented 23-year-old has long been a Premier League target [Football.London, 17 October], with both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal keen on the 11-time Italian international.

The 23-year-old could well be a free agent in the summer of 2024 after contract talks with Roma stalled, and it seems that he could move on this month after spending much of his professional career at the Stadio Olimpico.

According to Di Marzio, taking to his Twitter [18 January] account, revealed the Giallorossi are open to selling him in January, with West Ham keen on his services.

He added on his website that he has “the OK from the Roma management for a transfer in January” and they ideally want £40million for the Italy forward.

Pipe Dream

With Tottenham and Dortmund both keen on the Italian superstar this month, and both clubs offering the chance of Champions League football this season, a Zaniolo move to East London is a pipe dream.

There is absolutely no chance the forward joins a club currently sitting in the relegation places and in danger of losing their manager of an underwhelming campaign.

With so much uncertainty and lack of morale steeped around the London Stadium right now, it certainly won’t be the right environment for Zaniolo to try and acclimatise to, especially as he’d be new to English football.

West Ham simply cannot offer players of his quality and ilk the correct conditions to thrive, without unnecessary pressure and increasing scrutiny, which can, unfortunately, be said about his international teammates in Gianluca Scamacca and Emerson.

It’s important the Hammers do not get sucked into deals that seem impossible, and go for players who they really believe can drag them out of trouble. Their reported interest in the likes of Danny Ings is both a safe and reliable bet.