Italian outlet InterLive have claimed that AS Roma have rejected an £8.8million offer from Inter Milan for striker Edin Dzeko, while West Ham United remain interested in the Bosnian star.
The 33-year-old has been in decent form for Roma this season, scoring 14 goals and laying on an impressive 11 assists for the Italian giants. He played 39 times, but only has 12 months remaining on his contract.
Dzeko has long been linked with a move to east London, where he would form a reunion with ex-Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. A transfer is yet to materialise between Roma and West Ham.
Indeed, it seems more likely that Inter are to snatch the two-time Premier League winner, after tabling an offer. However, the bid is far below Roma’s valuation. They want £17.5million, but are willing to go down to £13.2million.
It gives West Ham time to come up with a rival bid, now they know where Roma stand in terms of a price tag.
West Ham desperately need a striker this summer, with Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez’s futures all in doubt at the London Stadium.
The Hammers need a goalscorer they can rely on, and Dzeko’s stats do not lie. He has scored 50 goals in just 130 Premier League matches, and scored 87 in 178 games for Roma.
But at 33, is there any point in signing the striker? He is starting to slow and if the Hammers are to meet Inter’s asking price, that is a pretty expensive risk to take.