By Daniel Feliciano

17th Mar, 2023 | 6:10pm

West Ham United open to loan-to-buy exit of Gianluca Scamacca in the summer, AC Milan want to sign him

West Ham are open to allowing Gianluca Scamacca to leave on a loan-to-buy deal in the summer with AC Milan interested, according to Milan Live.

Scamacca returned to the starting lineup and got back on the scoresheet against AEK Larneca in the Europa Conference League this week following injury, with David Moyes having previously criticised his physical levels.

There has been lots of speculation that Scamacca is looking to return to Serie A after his mega-money move last summer from Sassuolo after struggling to adapt to the Premier League, and a fresh report (17 March) claims all parties are open to doing a deal.

“Given the amount spent in the summer, difficult to balance for any club with even the performances that are lacking, West Ham can facilitate the attacker’s departure by opening up to the loan formula with the right to buy,” they wrote.

“A possibility that Milan would certainly take into consideration. On the other hand, the player has the goal of returning to Italy, sooner or later, ready for a big deal after his constructive experience in the Premier League.”

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Scamacca is a big fan favourite at the London Stadium despite really struggling for form and performances since his £35m move from Italy.

Injuries certainly haven’t helped and the team’s performances overall have been awful too, and when he has looked good he has looked really good.

But there is a lot of talk about his future at the club recently, and it wasn’t a secret last summer that he ideally wanted to stay in Europe and needed convincing to come to England in the first place.

Having spent around £185m since last summer and completely fallen flat with our domestic performances this season, the club likely need to find some money from somewhere and he is one of the most saleable assets at the London Stadium.

It would be a real shame to see him and there is no doubt that the team would be worse off overall if they let him leave, but some things are out of our control and if the player has downed tools to make a move happen then it should take place as he’ll offer nothing to us otherwise.