WEST HAM are set to increase interest in Gianluca Scamacca, the £25million-rated Sassuolo forward.
But if rival bids like Newcastle push up the price, the Hammers could turn their attention to Torino captain Andrea Belotti.
Scamacca, 23 and 6ft 4in, is a sought-after man thanks to a breakout campaign in Serie A that earned him his first caps for Italy.
He has scored 16 goals in 35 league games but may have played his last game for Sassuolo.
Opponents AC Milan and city rivals Inter are among the many clubs considering a summer move from Scamacca.
He would cost at least £25million and Premier League interest could push the asking price way up.
In the circumstances, West Ham would look at other options more closely.
Italy international Belotti, 28, is out of contract in the summer and would therefore not ask for a transfer fee.
He was less successful than Scamacca, scoring just eight goals in an injury-plagued season.
But his leadership and experience make a free transfer deal even more appealing.
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Scamacca joined Sassuolo from PSV Eindhoven in 2017 and was loaned to Cremonese, Zwolle, Ascoli and Genoa before being included in the senior squad.
During his time with the Neroverdi he has scored a total of 16 goals in 40 games.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5393518/west-ham-sassuolo-gianluca-scamacca-andrea-belotti/ West Ham are set to step up their hunt for £25million-rated Sassuolo forward Scamacca