West Ham are United set to turn their interest onto signing Colombian striker Duvan Zapata, after missing out on recruiting Maxi Gomez, according to a report published by The Sun.
The Hammers need to sign a few new established strikers this summer. Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll have already left the club while Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez are also expected to be offloaded.
The East Londoners were strongly linked with a move for Gomez from Celta Vigo but they missed out on him after he joined Valencia.
The report added that Zapata has now emerged a as a priority target for West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The 28-year-old could be a solid addition to the Hammers first-team. At 28-years-old, he is at the peak of his career and scored an impressive 23 goals from 37 Serie A appearances last season to fire Atalanta to the Champions League.
There is no doubt that Zapata will not be shot of potential suitors other than West Ham this summer and that Atalanta will also be trying hard to keep him on their books.
He may just prefer to stay on with the Serie A club especially as they can offer him the chance to experience Champions League football next season, which West Ham cannot.
Zapata has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League and it would be a major coup if Pellegrini manages to recruit him.
He could help transform the Hammer into a side which can realistically challenge for Europa League football next season.