By Anthony Onifade

20th May, 2023 | 2:10pm

West Ham United transfer news as AC Milan open preliminary talks for Gianluca Scamacca loan move

AC Milan have opened preliminary talks to sign West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca on loan this summer, and the Hammers are open to the move, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The Hammers splashed £35m on the Italy international last summer, but he has struggled with injuries this season and managed just seven goals in his debut campaign.

After the change of his agents and plenty of speculation regarding his future in East London, it’s looking increasingly likely that the former Sassuolo forward will move on this summer, and the Champions League semi-finalists are on the hunt for his signature.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport [20 May], Scamacca is “more than willing” to move to the European giants this summer.

West Ham United are on the hunt for a forward themselves and will be open to allowing him to leave.

A loan (perhaps paid) with an option could perhaps be the solution, but the value of the option would have to be defined.

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Keep the faith

The rumours surrounding Scamacca’s future at the London Stadium have hotting up incredibly this season, which surely means he could yet be on the move back to his homeland this summer.

However, the Hammers would be silly to let him go, especially if they sell for any price lower than the £35.5m fee they paid last summer.

JuventusAC Milan and Inter have all been touting his services according to reports in Italy and it’ll be a shame to see such a talented forward leave the Premier League after just under a year spent in England.

With Michail Antonio also looking set to leave the London Stadium, the East Londoners will have only Danny Ings as an option in attack.

We feel West Ham United should desperately look to keep the Italian as he still has much to learn and to develop and could well turn out to be a future world-beater if all goes well at the London Stadium.

It is clear he needs time to adjust as adapting to the Premier League as it is a huge test for even the best of footballers on the land. It looks increasingly likely that Moyes won’t be at the helm next season, so whoever steps in should seriously keep the faith in Scamacca.