West Ham keen on January swoop for Andrea Belotti
West Ham United are considering a January move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to The Daily Express.
The Italy international, 27, is in the final year of his current contract at the Serie A club, and they could be forced to sell him in January in order not to lose him for free next summer.
Belotti is clearly not keen on signing an extension at Torino despite the club’s best efforts, and that could give the Hammers a huge advantage heading into the winter transfer window.
David Moyes needs to get a quality cover and competition for Michail Antonio after failing to do the needful in the summer, and the Italian could prove to be a shrewd addition mid-way through the campaign.
Belotti was part of the squad that won the European Championship in the summer, and he definitely has the quality to give Antonio a run for the money and replace the 31-year-old in the long-term.
He ended last term with 13 league goals and six assists and has comfortably hit double figures every season since joining the club in the summer of 2016.
Known as a complete hitman, Belotti is capable of finding the back of the net with both feet and his head, scoring 10 headed goals, 11 goals with his right and five goals with his left in 35 Serie A appearances back in 2016-17.
Andrea Belotti was the only player in Serie A last season to score 5+ goals with his head, right and left foot.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 16, 2017
He has not hit the same numbers since then, but he remains a quality finisher, and landing him in January could help West Ham finish strongly.
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