West Ham United could be set to dip into the market for another forward this January…
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That’s according to the Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb, which states that Atalanta will listen to offers for Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel in an effort to revolutionise their attack.
This news will be of particular interest to David Sullivan, as the Hammers failed in a late bid to sign the former Colombian back in January.
Having agreed to terms and submitted a deal sheet, they simply ran out of time as the window slammed shut. Now, a year on, they could reignite their interest in the man who was reportedly valued at €55m (£48m) in the summer.
He’s the perfect Antonio heir
Standing at 6 foot 1 and boasting a huge physical frame, it is easy to draw comparisons between Zapata and Michail Antonio.
The Jamaican international has excelled in east London since his 2015 move, having played everywhere on the pitch before settling up front.
There, he has managed to score 66 times and assist a further 41, wreaking havoc against Premier League defences with his continued pressing and unrelenting physicality.
With Gianluca Scamacca somewhat faltering since his summer transfer, perhaps adding a more experienced forward who can provide a steady stream of goals might be a smart move for David Moyes.
Although he has underperformed somewhat this season, Zapata too has been a consistent goalscorer during his time in Italy.
Just last season he scored 13 times and assisted seven, and during his career for the Bergamo-based club has scored 80 times.
Any reservations regarding his ability to translate his proficiency to the Premier League are somewhat alleviated through his Champions League display against Manchester United at the start of last campaign, where he bullied their defence on his way to scoring and assisting in a 2-2 draw.
The notion from his old teammate Papu Gomez only acts to further liken him to Antonio, as the Argentine had the following to say about the 31-year-old: “Zapata’s shorts look like underwear, he is so big. Sometimes I don’t even want to get close to him in a match because he’s a beast and it hurts.
“When he is feeling good he’s like a train – you throw the ball forward and ‘ciao!’”
With one physical animal seemingly coming to the end of his career at the London Stadium, perhaps Moyes could look to bring in another who can take his place whilst Scamacca continues to acclimatise.