Report: Club could sign West Ham ace if £72m star joins Newcastle this summer
Juventus could make a move for West Ham’s Premier League misfit Gianluca Scamacca if the Arsenal-linked Dusan Vlahovic leaves the Serie A giants this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
You know things aren’t exactly going to plan when you’re being consoled by an opposition manager. Vlahovic, after drawing another blank during Juve’s recent victory over Sampdoria, received an arm around the shoulder by Dejan Stankovic at full-time; the Serbian legend and now-Samp boss taking pity on his struggling compatriot.
Vlahovic, a £72 million signing from Fiorentina, has scored just 11 goals in all competitions. Eight of those have come in Serie A.
Will Dusan Vlahovic leave Juventus for the Premier League
And, with Juventus’ recent points deduction raising serious questions about Juventus’ immediate future, Sport Mediaset believe that his agent is already sounding out potential Premier League moves with Arsenal – who missed out back in January 2022 – one of those tempted to take the bait.
Newcastle, The Chronicle say, may also be offered the opportunity to sign a man who, around 12 months ago, was being likened to Erling Haaland on the back of a prolific spell at Fiorentina.
Juventus, meanwhile, are reportedly lining up potential replacements already. Nicolo Zaniolo, who joined Galatasaray from Roma just a couple of weeks ago, remains on the radar. As does Gianluca Scamacca; sharp as a katana in Serie A but his blade dulled by a season under David Moyes at West Ham.
Interestingly, Scamacca came close to joining Juventus during his Sassuolo heyday. He is a long-time target and seemingly remains on the Bianconeri radar.
“Only the signature was missing,” says his agent, Paolo Paloni.
Scamacca has started only 11 Premier League games under Moyes. Much to the frustration of a Hammers fanbase baffled by the Scot’s inability to get the best out of a talented and underachieving squad.
‘Confidence becomes a problem’
La Republica believe that West Ham may consider bids of around £40 million for Scamacca. Any prospect of summer sale, however, may be rowed back on if the Hammers opt to make a change in the dugout once a traumatic season comes to an end.
“Gianluca got us a few goals in Europe and a few goals in the Premier League. So we’ve got to hope he gets back to that,” Moyes says. “We believe in him. We really see good things from him and we really want him to get the goals.
“But obviously, when you’re a striker and you’re not scoring, then confidence can become a problem.”
“He’s a very good finisher and someone who can lead the line, because of his stature. He links the game up very well if we can play into his feet or his chest. I think he offers us a different dimension to what we’ve had in the past. Sometimes, getting used to that can take a bit of time.”
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