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Scamacca is West Ham coup as they turn down £15m for unwanted defender

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca is undergoing a medical ahead of his switch from Sassuolo to West Ham.

Scamacca has agreed terms on a five-year deal with the Hammers, ending manager David Moyes’ long search for a recognised frontman.

The 23-year-old will complete a two-part medical on Tuesday afternoon before sealing a move understood to be worth around £30million.

The transfer appears to be a real coup for Moyes with Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in 36 matches in Serie A last season, also linked with Paris St Germain and Juventus.

Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio to lead his attack since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year.

The Hammers’ top Premier League scorer last season was Jarrod Bowen with 12 goals, while Antonio also reached double figures.


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The West Ham boss will then turn his attention to attempting to bring in Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic, the 29-year-old Serbia international who shares an agent with Scamacca.

Kostic was part of the Frankfurt side which beat West Ham in the semi-finals of the Europa League last season.

Moyes is also understood to be back in the market for a central defender after new signing Nayef Aguerd suffered ankle ligament damage in the pre-season friendly against Rangers last week.

The 26-year-old Morocco international, who signed from French club Rennes last month, has had surgery and could be sidelined until the turn of the year.

One player who could leave West Ham is French centre-half Issa Diop. Fulham have reportedly submitted a bid worth around £15m but the Hammers are holding out for closer to £18m.

That’s according to a report from French publication Foot Mercato, who claim that the Hammers are holding out for closer to £18m.

The Hammers paid close to £25m for Diop in 2018 and he was excellent in his first season, prompting transfer links with Manchester United, among others.

But Diop has fallen out of favour under Moyes and last season started only 10 Premier League games, though he featured heavily in the group stages of the Europa League.

Against Luton in a pre-season friendly this weekend, Moyes deployed a back three of Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell, with Vladimir Coufal and Arthur Masuaku as wing backs.

That perfectly illustrates the shortage of centre-halves at the club with Craig Dawson also missing the game with a knock not expected to keep him out of the start of the season.

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