West Ham stand ground to block player exit, replacement wanted – report

West Ham United will not allow Gianluca Scamacca to join Roma or any other interested club until they have a concrete replacement lined up, according to 90Min.

The Italian striker signed in a £35m deal last summer but struggled with injuries and form during his maiden campaign in England, and is reportedly open to returning to his homeland after just one season.

Roma want to sign him and have already held talks with the Hammers, but amid interest from AC Milan too, Scamacca has promised the Giallorossi that he will wait for them to get a deal done, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla.

However, in a new transfer twist at London Stadium, West Ham United are reluctant to sanction Scamacca’s loan exit to Roma and will stand their ground until they identify potential replacements, according to 90Min [6 July].

Great decision

It’s safe to say Scamacca hasn’t had the best of first seasons in England following his big-money move from Italy last summer, but the same can be said of plenty of foreign players currently at elite Premier League sides right now.

After the change of his agents and plenty of speculation regarding his future in East London, it’s looking increasingly likely that the former Sassuolo forward will move on this summer and West Ham United could well have been making a costly error here.

However, it now seems as if the East Londoners have their heads screwed on. This is a great decision the club are making as they simply cannot afford to leave themselves short of quality in attack, especially with Michail Antonio set to leave and Danny Ings as their only out-an-out striker.

Scamacca is a superb talent and a player with a raft of potential to thrive in the future, for which the £35m will have turned out to be an absolute bargain, and if there is any chance of him getting a second chance at the club, West Ham United must certainly consider it.

More crucially, there are no guarantees the Hammers will be able to secure any replacements for the Italian given the going rate for top-quality strikers in the market these days. Nonetheless, until the Irons can get that replacement in, Scamacca must remain a West Ham United player for the time being.

In other West Ham news, one senior club figure is facing an uncertain future at the London Stadium following the appointment of Technical Director Tim Steidten.

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