Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that signing both Armando Broja and Gianluca Scamacca hasn’t been ruled out by West Ham.
With Michail Antonio the only senior striker at the London Stadium, Rob Newman and his recruitment team appear hellbent on bolstering David Moyes’ attacking options this summer.
They are believed to be awaiting a response from Sassuolo after submitting a £34m offer with add-ons for Scamacca while also in ‘direct negotiation’ with Chelsea for Broja with a permanent deal the only viable option according to Fabrizio Romano.
Who would you rather?
While they continue their efforts to add some much-needed firepower, Sheth has claimed that a double swoop is still a possibility although it is ‘unlikely’.
He told GIVEMESPORT:
“People are saying, ‘is it going to be Broja or is it going to be Scamacca?’ As it stands? It’s probably going to be one or the other.
“But the information I’ve been told is because they’re going for both, signing both hasn’t been ruled out. It’s unlikely, but signing both has not been ruled out. But Broja is the one that looks like it’s the one that’s edging closer more than the other one.”
TIF Thoughts on Broja, Scamacca and West Ham…
Do you think Broja would start over Antonio?
While the days of playing two strikers are seemingly gone Broja and Scamacca could solve the Irons’ 18-month issue at the top end of the pitch since the departure of Sebastian Haller who has never been replaced in east London.
Antonio is now 32 and the continued reliance on the Jamaica international drastically affected his output as he scored just five goals from the turn of the year.
At 20 and 23 respectively, Broja and Scamacca could be long-term holds for the Hammers and both do have the ability with the former netting six times while on loan at Southampton last season while the Italian Scamacca averaged a league goal every 135 minutes in Serie A last season notching a return of 16 in 36 appearances.
However, given the combined outlay which could reach close to £70m it is extremely unlikely that both will wound up in claret and blue and it remains to be seen whether the club can acquire at least one.