Inter Milan are considering swapping experienced striker Edin Dzeko with West Ham’s out-of-favour forward Gianluca Scamacca, according to reports.
The 24-year-old has scored just three Premier League goals this season despite David Moyes’ side paying £35.5m for him last summer, much to the disappointment of Hammers fans.
West Ham’s lack of a proven goalscorer has proved to be a real problem this season, so it could be a smart move for them to bring in Dzeko, although, he wouldn’t be a long-term solution, given he is already 36.
This is according to Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport, who claim that Inter Milan are eyeing an ambitious move to bring Scamacca back to Italy this summer.
Dzeko has been a prolific goal scorer wherever he has played and had a very successful five-year stint with Manchester City, helping them to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
This season, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has continued scoring goals for Inter, netting seven goals in 25 Serie A appearances.
Inter would likely have to offer a transfer fee on top of Dzeko to get a deal for Scamacca over the line, so it could potentially be a smart bit of business for West Ham – and the move could potentially help reignite the Italian’s career.
Inter plot ambitious Scamacca approach
Indeed, before West Ham brought Scamacca to the Premier League, he was widely considered to be one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe, hence his fairly hefty transfer fee.
Playing for Sassuolo, the centre-forward netted an impressive 16 league goals in 36 appearances in the 2021/22 campaign, which attracted the interest of several top European clubs.
With that in mind, it was a bit of a coup when the Hammers brought in the Italy international, but now it seems they may look to try and offload him this summer after failing to find his feet.
While, as mentioned, Dzeko would not be a long-term replacement, he could certainly do a job for West Ham for at least one season, giving them time to bring in a younger, new striker.
With the Bosnian still averaging a goal in every three games (across all competitions), this is still a better return on average than the Hammer’s current top scorer – Jarrod Bowen.
Dzeko has won plenty of trophies during his successful career, has Premier League experience and is believed to be a big leadership figure in the dressing room, something that could come in handy for West Ham, after they have struggled massively this season.
If Inter can offer a decent sum alongside Dzeko this summer, then this may be a deal that Moyes genuinely considers… if he is still the West Ham manager by then.