West Ham plot double transfer after ‘agreeing deal’ for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca and £15million bid for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Filip Kostic submitted

    West Ham have made a £15million bid for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League winning wing-back Filip Kostic, talkSPORT understands.

    And the Hammers are hoping to make it a double deal, with the east London club ‘agreeing a deal’ for striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo.

    Kostic is set to sign for West Ham

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    Kostic is set to sign for West Ham

    Scamacca has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Scamacca has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    That’s according to Sky Sports, who report that the fee is understood to be an initial £30.5m plus £5m in add-ons, with personal terms being finalised.

    Serbian star Kostic, 29, has been identified as an alternative to Hoffenheim’s David Raum, who is set to join fellow Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

    West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to bolster his wing-back options, and he seeks competition for Aaron Cresswell.

    Kostic impressed for Frankfurt against the Hammers in their Europa League semi-final clash, with the Germans progressing to the final and beating Rangers on penalties to lift the cup.

    The player may not be a natural fit at full-back, but he featured regularly as a winger for the Germans and is versatile, meaning he can also play at left-back as well as further forward when needed.

    Kostic has one year left on his current Frankfurt deal and West Ham could land him for a cut-price fee.

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    Scamacca made his senior Italy debut in September 2021

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    Scamacca made his senior Italy debut in September 2021

    Moyes had been running the rule over Hoffenheim’s Raum, but the club are not prepared to pay the £30m asking price.

    As for Scamacca, he is a former Arsenal target who has earned comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and could move to the Premier League on the back of scoring 16 goals in 36 games in Serie A last season.

    The 23-year-old has seven caps for his country, but is yet to get off the mark for the Azzurri.

    The Hammers have already been busy this summer with three new arrivals at the club.

    Aguerd went down with an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Rangers on Tuesday

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    Aguerd went down with an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Rangers on Tuesday

    Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has made his loan move permanent from Paris Saint-Germain, Flynn Downes has joined from Swansea, and centre-back Nayef Aguerd was brought in from Rennes.

    However, the Hammers have already been dealt a blow with Aguerd recently limping off as the Hammers fell to a 3-1 pre-season defeat against Rangers at Ibrox, with the defender set to be out for two-months.

    Jesse Lingard was also a target for Moyes, but the midfielder joined Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest instead.

    West Ham were not prepared to meet the players’ wage demands, but could still bring in further additions.

    Forest have signed Lingard on a one-year deal

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    Forest have signed Lingard on a one-year deal

    Talks are being held over moves for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana and Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.

    Discussions over a deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja are also ongoing, but West Ham are awaiting a decision from Thomas Tuchel’s side over whether or not they want to sell.

    The east London side are next in action when they make the trip Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

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    They missed out on a reunion with Jesse Lingard after newly promoted Nottingham Forest offered the former Manchester United man almost £200k-a-week, far more than the Hammers were willing to pay.

    Furthermore, talks are also being held over moves for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana and Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.

    Discussions over a deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja are also continuing but West Ham are awaiting a decision from the Blues camp over whether or not to sell.

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