West Ham United have finally ended their long wait to sign a centre-forward by announcing the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo.
The Italy international, who is 23 years old, has become the first out-and-out striker to sign for West Ham’s first team since 2019. He has penned a five-year contract at the London Stadium, with the option of a 12-month extension.
It will be his first taste of Premier League football, but not his only adventure outside his home country. He previously played for PSV’s youth sides and had a loan spell back in the Netherlands with PEC Zwolle during his Sassuolo days.
It was one of four temporary stints he endured away from Sassuolo before being reintegrated last summer. After his return to the Mapei Stadium, he scored 16 goals from 36 Serie A matches.
Now, a new challenge awaits in England for the seven-cap Italy man. West Ham have signed him for an undisclosed fee and given him the number seven jersey, which was last worn by Andriy Yarmolenko.
Scamacca says he is realising a long-term dream by joining a Premier League club, and views West Ham as the ideal team with which to do so.
He told their official website: “I am really excited to join West Ham. I’ve waited a long time for this moment; it’s been a dream to play in the Premier League.
“I feel like West Ham is the perfect team for me. They showed they really wanted me and when I spoke to the manager there was an instant understanding.
“I can’t wait to play and show the supporters what I can do in the West Ham shirt. I hope we will love each other.”
Moyes welcomes Gianluca Scamacca to West Ham
Manager David Moyes is predicting big things for the Rome-born forward, who is 1.95m (6ft 5in) tall.
Citing good recommendations, Moyes has explained why they identified Scamacca as the ideal striker to take them forward after waiting to find such an opportunity.
The Scottish tactician said: “We’ve been looking to add more strength to our attacking options for a while, so we’re delighted to have got Gianluca in.
“He comes really well recommended – and we’re looking forward to working with him. He’s a young centre-forward with a really bright future ahead of him.”
West Ham will be able to give Scamacca his first taste of continental competition as well, in the Europa Conference League. Their domestic season will commence at home to the Premier League champions Manchester City on August 7th.
Scamacca is their fourth signing of the summer after permanent deals for Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes.