By Dan Carter

16th Nov, 2023 | 11:35am

West Ham United set to face competition from Italian giants for Napoli star Piotr Zielinski

West Ham United face competition from Inter Milan and Juventus in the battle to sign Napoli star Piotr Zielinski, according to Spazio Napoli.

The Italian outlet reported on its website on Wednesday (15 November) that Inter Milan are keen to sign the Polish international next summer, but expect competition from Juventus and Premier League sides with West Ham “above all” other English sides.

Currently, Zielinksi wants to continue his career in Italy which seems to have knocked the Hammers’ chances of securing his services this summer, but conversations over extending his current deal in Naples ended in “grey smoke earlier this week.

It seems unlikely at this moment in time that David Moyes and the Hammers would be able to overcome the competition from both Inter and Juventus should Zielinksi depart Napoli at the end of the campaign.

Midfield reinforcements

It seems slightly surprising that the majority of players that West Ham have been linked with over the last few weeks in the build-up to the January transfer window have been midfielders, given the depth of quality already at the disposal of David Moyes.

The likes of James Ward-Prowse, Edson Alvarez and Tomas Soucek have all started the season excellently, while Lucas Paqueta and Mohammed Kudus have impressed in more advanced roles. The Hammers don’t look like a side that desperately need further additions in the middle of the park.

Zielinski is a very good player and his record at Napoli shows that you don’t make 37 appearances in a side that wins Serie A without having plenty of talent. If he could be brought to the London Stadium on a free transfer next summer it could be a shrewd piece of business, especially if Soucek leaves when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

But you would imagine that most West Ham supporters would much rather their side look to recruit in attack in the coming windows, with a lack of forward options currently in Moyes’ ranks. Securing a consistent goal-scoring number nine is a much more pressing issue than adding more competition to the midfield places.

In other West Ham news, Anton Ferdinand has offered his verdict on the calls to sack David Moyes at the London Stadium