Report: West Ham make loan-to-buy offer for Serie A striker, loan fee just £900k
CalcioMercato report that West Ham have made a loan-to-buy offer to sign Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone. The Argentina international endured a tricky season in Serie A last season but has been linked with the Hammers before. Now, the Hammers have made a bid, but it has been rejected.
Simeone, 25, is the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego. However, his form failed to live up to his father’s brilliant 2020-21 campaign in which Atleti won La Liga. The Cagliari striker only managed six goals in 33 Serie A outings – but Cagliari did manage to escape relegation, by four points.
Initially joining Cagliari on loan from Fiorentina in the summer of 2019, he did score 12 Serie A goals during 2019-20. But after a permanent move, his form has dipped. Despite that, West Ham have made a loan-to-buy offer worth £900,000 up front – but Cagliari are not interested in such a deal.
Is Simeone good enough for West Ham?
At his best, Simeone is a very good striker. But he has failed to show that at Cagliari in the two years he has spent there – with just 18 goals in 70 games. Clearly, he has had to be pretty good to earn his five Argentina caps. But given Cagliari paid £13.75million (Viola Nation), he might be expensive.
West Ham do need a striker as they embark on European football. The Europa League awaits the Hammers and they need cover for Michail Antonio – following Seb Haller’s move to Ajax. But is Simeone really the answer? Probably not.