West Ham United have agreed a deal in principle for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca, 90min understands.
The Hammers are looking to strengthen their forward line – to provide Michail Antonio with cover and increased competition – and have long been interested in signing Chelsea striker Armando Broja.
That interest remains but talks have accelerated with Sassuolo over a deal for Italy international Scamacca, with initial contact made over a possible summer move in June.
90min understands that a deal for the 6’5 striker – who scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season and is a regular under Roberto Mancini for Italy – has now been agreed in principle, but West Ham and Sassuolo are yet to finalise how the fee, which is likely to be in excess of €40m, will be paid.
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Talks will continue between the two clubs over the coming days to fully agree terms, with Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali having already outlined that the club are under no financial pressure to sell – they will only sanction a move if West Ham satisfy their demands.
The Hammers also still need to agree personal terms with Scamacca. It’s understood the player is interested in moving to the London Stadium, though he’s aware of interest from PSG – who are, at this stage, unwilling to raise an offer of their own because of interest in Reims’ Hugo Ekitike.
90min further understands that David Moyes has made Scamacca his number one target, ahead of Broja – who flew out with Raheem Sterling to the United States earlier in the week to join Chelsea on their pre-season tour.
West Ham have already bolstered their squad for the 2022/23 season with the signings of Nayef Aguerd and Flynn Downes, while goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s loan has been turned into a permanent move.