According to The Times, Gianluca Scamacca is reportedly “expected” to quit West Ham this summer and return to Italy after only one season.
The striker joined from Sassuolo in a £35.5 million transfer a year ago but has only scored three Premier League goals out of a total of eight strikes in all competitions.
For months, he has been linked with a return to Serie A.
despite troubles at the London Stadium, where his season was cut short by a knee injury, as it is believed he does not fit David Moyes’ playing style.
With the Scot certain to stay on as manager after leading the Hammers to the Europa Conference League title, Scamacca is expected to leave this summer.
It appears that the fate that West Ham fans feared after signing the big-money striker is going to come true.
Unless Italy undergoes a revitalization, him back to the London Stadium with a new lease of life after a season away the 24-year-old looks set to join Sebastien Haller as high-priced front men who never really fit with the Irons.
The club now has to decide whether they see a long-term future for the Italy international, in which case a loan would be feasible, or whether to cut ties as soon as possible and seek as much as they can with a direct sale.
At his age, and with his reputation, it would certainly be disappointing to see the curtain come down on his West Ham career so soon, but if Moyes is due to remain for the long haul it seems unlikely Scamacca would suddenly break out in the manager’s system.
If he is to be absent for the new season, either temporarily or permanently, the Hammers are going to need to break their habit of missing on striker signings during this window.
Michail Antonio has increasingly been tipped to leave himself, so unless the trophy win has changed his perspective Moyes is going to need a lot more available to him than just Danny Ings.
Having presumably learned the lessons of the miserable Premier League season, the Scot and the recruitment department need to identify a goalscorer who specifically suits Moyes’ game plan, and then be decisive in the market if the side isn’t going to be left short up top.