Gianluca Scamacca: West Ham sign Italian striker from Sassuolo for £30.5m

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Gianluca Scamacca has made seven appearances for Roberto Mancini’s Italy however is but to attain

West Ham have signed Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo in a £30.5m deal.

Scamacca joins the Premier League membership on a five-year contract with the choice to increase one other yr.

The 23-year-old was the second-highest Italian scorer in Serie A final season with 16 objectives from 36 video games.

“I’ve waited a very long time for this second – it has been a dream to play within the Premier League,” he mentioned.

“I’m actually excited to hitch West Ham – I really feel like they’re the right crew for me. They confirmed they actually wished me and once I spoke to the supervisor there was an immediate understanding.

“I am unable to wait to play and present the supporters what I can do within the West Ham shirt – I hope we are going to love one another.”

The ahead, who was additionally linked with Paris St Germain and Juventus, hung out within the academies of each Lazio and Roma earlier than transferring to PSV Eindhoven, the place he spent 18 months, then returning to Italy to hitch Sassuolo.

A towering presence at 6ft 5in, Scamacca has earned seven worldwide caps, together with a begin in Italy’s 0-0 Nations League draw with England at Molineux in June.

He turns into West Ham’s fourth addition of the summer season switch window following the signing of defender Nayef Aguerd, midfielder Flynn Downes, and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Nevertheless, 26-year-old Morocco worldwide Aguerd, signed from French membership Rennes final month, has since had surgery on an ankle injury sustained within the membership’s pre-season pleasant in opposition to Rangers.

Hammers boss David Moyes has spent the shut season attempting to bolster his ahead choices and was in talks with Chelsea’s Armando Broja.

“We have been wanting so as to add extra energy to our attacking choices for some time, so we’re delighted to have gotten Gianluca in,” mentioned Moyes.

“He comes rather well advisable – and we’re wanting ahead to working with him.

“He is a younger centre-forward with a very shiny future forward of him.”

West Ham additionally made a suggestion to Jesse Lingard however the England ahead, 29, decided to join promoted Nottingham Forest on a free switch after leaving Manchester United on the finish of his contract.

West Ham reached the Europa League semi-finals final season whereas ending seventh within the Premier League to once more qualify for Europe, They host champions Manchester Metropolis of their first sport of the season.

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