By Daniel Feliciano

15th Mar, 2023 | 8:10am

West Ham United could have a problem with Gianluca Scamacca, summer exit mooted

West Ham face a big problem with Gianluca Scamacca this summer as a transfer away from the club is being mooted, according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.

The Hammers spent around £35m on signing the Italy international from Sassuolo last summer as their new number nine, but injuries and form haven’t helped him as he has managed just seven goals in all competitions this season.

And after David Moyes’ comments suggesting that Scamacca needs to give more physically, and interest from clubs about a summer transfer after his change of agents, Bridge told GiveMeSport that there could be a problem brewing for the summer.

“West Ham signing Danny Ings probably said it all a little bit, really,” he said.

“They needed a Premier League-proven striker there. Italian strikers, West Ham have had plenty and they’ve signed a couple who have not turned out to be right for the Premier League.

“I think it will come down to who West Ham get in the summer. He came with a big fee. It’s not like a Chelsea where they can just sort of write it off. ‘Bad striker, we’ll get another one, write it off.’ So there could be a problem there.”

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It’s far too premature to be calling Scamacca a dud or a flop, but he has certainly disappointed considering the early-season form he showed.

When he came into the team early on he looked like the total package and exactly what we had been missing for years, but the form of the team certainly hasn’t helped his ability to settle in.

It’s no surprise that all of the summer signings have struggled this season for the most part, but Scamacca needs to do more to turn his situation around.

Having spent big on his transfer fee and handed him a massive £90k per-week contract, West Ham won’t want to give up on the talent and quality he has. But with Danny Ings coming in and speculation rife about Scamacca’s commitment, a decision needs to be made.

There is plenty of time to turn it around, and if he can then we will have a real killer on our books. But with relegation a real possibility, there is definitely a problem brewing.