West Ham are keen to beat Tottenham and Newcastle to the signing of Andrea Belotti and have offered the Torino ace a three-year contract, according to a report.
Belotti is Torino’s captain, having been a reliable goalscorer in Serie A for several years. His best season came in 2016-17, when he hit 28 goals in 38 matches.
The Italy international is enduring a tough campaign this time around though. He has had to deal with foot and bicep injuries, limiting him to just 19 appearances so far. Belotti has been on the scoresheet five times in those matches.
Despite his recent struggles, the 28-year-old remains a highly rated striker. And he looks set for a big transfer once his contract expires on June 30.
Torino chairman Urbano Cairo thinks his prized asset could leave at the end of the season. “Belotti? He may have already signed up for another club,” admitted Cairo (via TuttoMercatoWeb). “Maybe he could also tell us, but that’s okay.”
As per recent reports, Tottenham and Newcastle are both keeping tabs on the situation. Sport Witness claim Fabio Paratici’s Italian connections could help Spurs win the race.
Andrea Belotti wanted by three English clubs
Newcastle, meanwhile, are back in for Belotti after having shown an interest in the winter window.
Goal, who cite reports coming out of Spain, reveal West Ham also hold an interest.
David Moyes desperately needs a new striker as Michail Antonio is his only option up top. And club chiefs believe Belotti could be an ideal solution.
As such, they have sent a contract offer, lasting for three years, to the star and his representative.
They will now wait to see if it is enough to complete the impressive signing. However, the quality of competition for Belotti’s services could see him end up elsewhere.
Spurs could qualify for the Champions League, putting them in a good position to land Belotti ahead of West Ham.
Other reports suggest he is holding out for a switch to AC Milan. This would make sense given the Rossoneri are top of the Italian top flight with five matches left.