West Ham are in talks with Sassuolo over a deal to sign Italy international striker Gianluca Scamacca.
The 23-year-old leader, who scored 16 times in 36 Serie A outings last season, has been in talks with Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks but the Ligue 1 champions are yet to find a Okay.
Now the Hammers are looking to hijack the deal after entering formal talks with the Italian side as striker Armando Broja prepares to fly to the United States with Chelsea on their pre-season tour the next week.
David Moyes’ side are ready to pay a total package of £40m – £34m upfront and an additional £6m – to sign Scamacca, who would provide healthy competition for Michail Antonio in attack .
Sassuolo are in the hunt for £45million in order to agree a sale with Inter Milan also among the long list of clubs keen on the coveted leader.
Attacking midfielder Giacomo Raspadori has also been mentioned in club-to-club talks with West Ham, but the Irons are currently prioritizing the signing of Jesse Lingard following his release from Manchester United.