By Sam Stone

22nd Jun, 2022 | 8:40pm

West Ham United are paying close attention to Hellas Verona striker Giovanni Simeone

West Ham United are paying close attention to Hellas Verona’s Argentinian striker Giovanni Simeone, as reported by 90min.

Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, notched 17 goals and six assists in Serie A in the 2021/22 campaign.

The 26-year-old striker is contracted to the Serie A club until the summer of 2026.

90min claimed on Wednesday 22 June, that talks “have been held” with intermediaries over a potential summer transfer.

Striker in his prime

It is fair to say that West Ham do get linked to their fair share of strikers over the course of a transfer window and Simeone certainly joins the long list that has emerged.

However, maybe the 26-year-old shouldn’t just be another name on the Hammers’ long list of strikers.

He’s in the prime of his career and has amassed a good attacking output for a Verona side that finished ninth in the league.

He may well be looking for a move given his age and the ability that he seemingly possesses.

What is clear, is that a striker simply has to come through the door at the London Stadium this summer.

Michail Antonio has been hung out to dry at times by David Moyes to his lack of options.

The 32-year-old has been immense for the Hammers, but he simply cannot be expected to carry out a similar role next season.

Moyes has already begun to sure up his defence with the addition of Nayef Aguerd from Rennes, now it is time to get the Hammers’ faithful excited by bringing some attacking talent to the London Stadium.