Report: Mourinho gifts West Ham boost in race to sign Belotti
According to Torino Granata, West Ham United have taken the lead in the race to sign sought-after striker Andrea Bellotti this summer.
The Hammers are expected to be well-positioned to acquire the 27-year-old frontman’s services at the end of the season, should David Moyes secure a Europa League berth for the east London outfit.
Belotti had seemed destined to leave Torino for Serie A rivals AS Roma, but the announcement of Jose Mourinho as the Giallorossi’s next head coach instead of Maurizio Sarri has distanced the Stadio Olimpico outfit from a deal.
Mourinho does not place Belotti near to the top of his shortlist of potential targets, despite Tottenham Hotspur being one of several Premier League sides (Tuttosport) to have recently been linked with the £68,000-per-week machine (Salary Sport).
Belotti’s long-term future in Turin has been shadowed with doubt over the past few months, as the 32-cap Italy international is expected to be made available for €35million (£30.3m) as he will have just one year remaining on his contract come June (Football-Italia).
West Ham, who were previously named as a potential suitor alongside Chelsea and Everton (Corriere Granata), currently sit two points clear of Spurs in the fight for fifth place, while trailing the last of the Champions League spots by a win entering the final four games.
Mourinho agreeing to become Roma’s next head coach on a three-year contract seems set to hand West Ham an unlikely boost in their search for offensive reinforcements, and will be glad to see their name rise to the top of the pile in line with Roma falling to the sides.
A deal for the Irons to add Belotti to Moyes’ arsenal is bound to raise the level of talent on offer at the London Stadium, where Michail Antonio is currently the only recognised centre striker following Sebastien Haller’s departure in January.
Belotti is described by his manager Davide Nicola as a “unique” weapon (Football-Italia) for what he brings to the Toro attack, for whom he has scored 12 goals and offered seven assists for in 31 Serie A appearances this term.
It is the sixth-straight season that the Torino captain has registered double figures in front of the net, which will offer West Ham plenty of assurances that their funds are being well spent.
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