As per a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, West Ham United have seen a big-money offer for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata knocked back.
Zapata, a burly 27-year-old centre-forward, made the move to Atalanta on a two-year loan deal from fellow Serie A outfit Sampdoria during the summer.
And, despite having previously impressed during stints with the likes of Samp and Udinese, Zapata’s production has reached another level altogether to this point in the current campaign.
The Colombian international has racked up 17 goals and 3 assists across 27 appearances this season.
14 of these goals have come in Serie A, and, incredibly, all have arrived across Zapata’s last 8 league appearances.
This includes a 4-goal haul during Atalanta’s 5-0 drubbing of Frosinone yesterday.
West Ham rejected
As such, unsurprisingly, Zapata’s stunning exploits in front of goal of late have not gone unnoticed across Europe.
Following reports that both Inter Milan and Roma had set their sights on the South American, Calciomercato have today claimed that West Ham United have seen an opening bid knocked back by Atalanta.
The Hammers’ offer was reportedly worth a fee in the region of 40 million Euro.
Zapata’s impressive physical attributes mean he would likely fit right in in the Premier League, with the 5-time capped international combining a powerhouse physique with a surprising turn of pace.
However, Atalanta are seemingly in no rush to part ways with their star striker. Zapata’s arrival in Bergamo during the summer came in the form of a 14 million Euro 2-year loan, containing a 12 million Euro option to buy.
La Dea are widely expected to take up their option to make the 27-year-old’s move permanent imminently.
Arnautovic to remain
West Ham’s hunt for a new centre-forward, meanwhile, comes on the back of mounting speculation surrounding the future of Marko Arnautovic.
The Hammers’ Austrian attacker has been tipped for a big-money move to China this month.
However, reports over the last couple of days have suggested that Arnautovic will not depart London in January.
Marko Arnautovic is expected stay at West Ham after his suitors from the Chinese Super League failed to meet the Premier League club’s valuation of the striker.https://t.co/FKh9HKrlfC pic.twitter.com/Az5GjzIETV
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 20, 2019
The summer, on the other hand, could prove a different story:
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) January 21, 2019