By Sam Stone

22nd May, 2022 | 8:45pm

West Ham step up interest in Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca - report

West Ham have stepped up their interest in Sassuolo striker Gianluca Sammaca ahead of a summer move according to the Sun (21 May).

Scammaca, 23, has 16 goals in 35 Serie A appearances this season and made his Italy debut in September 2021 and is believed to be available for £25million.

The forward is contracted to the Italian side until 2026, and as reported by the Sun, David Moyes is ready to step up his interest in the 6ft 4in striker.

However, the Hammers worry that potential interest from other Premier League clubs could drive the forward’s price tag up

Ideal Antonio competition

Scammaca looks like the ideal striker to provide much-needed competition to Michail Antonio.

The Hammers striker has been excellent this season but has sadly been overplayed at times which has resulted in his form dropping at times.

The Italian striker looks like a mobile and physical striker who could fit into Moyes’ system.

It has been a breakthrough season for the striker after a series of loan spells away from Sassuolo and at 23 the striker certainly has time to develop further.

One note of caution will be the range of success that players coming from Serie A have in the Premier League.

Romelu Lukaku is a recent example of a high-profile Serie A signing not working in the Premier League.

Italian football is a completely different tempo to the Premier League and players sometimes struggle to adapt.

Regardless, at £25million, the 23-year-old should be near the top of Moyes’ shopping list in the summer.

In other West Ham news, a football finance expert has made a mammoth £200m Hammers claim amid recent speculation.

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