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The 25-year-old forward who finished the 2016/17 season with 28 goals in 38 appearances for Torino FC was pegged to make a grand move to either of the Premier League guns, Chelsea or Manchester United.
Torino ended up slapping a £100m release clause on Belotti’s contract and ever since the striker has fallen off the scouting lists of the top English sides. Now, the Hammers are being touted to be favourites in signing the Italian forward who also has 20 caps and 5 international goals for his country.
Belotti has managed a decent tally of 9 goals in 22 games this season while also managing 2 assists. He is expected fill in Marko Arnautovic’s spot at the London Stadium, should the Austrian depart for a more rewarding contract with a Chinese Super League outfit.
Reports have surfaced in recent times claiming West Ham’s leading goal scorer is unsettled at the club and has a desire to move to the Far East. With Javier Hernandez and Andy Caroll constantly giving injury scares, Manuel Pellegrini might be provoked into chasing a high profile target such as Belotti.
West Ham have taken on a heavy investment strategy after shifting their home base and making 10 signings in the 2018 summer transfer window. However, the £100m price tag is a massive price tag to consider, especially since no player of that value has even made it into the Premier League.