West Ham played Chelsea like a fiddle with £35m masterstroke from Gianluca Scamacca, credit goes to Moyes
West Ham are closing in on signing Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo and as a result have cooled their interest in Chelsea ace Armando Broja.
Hammers boss David Moyes was very keen on moving Chelsea striker Broja away from Stamford Bridge this summer, according to a report from The Express.
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In fact, the 20-year-old was a priority transfer target for the West Ham manager, but Chelsea were playing tough in negotiations with the East London side.
This has happened to us before. It wasn’t until last summer that the Blues proved incredibly difficult to deal with over Kurt Zouma’s move to London Stadium.
And it was like history repeating itself with Broja.
In the past, David Moyes had become obsessed with transfer targets. You need look no further than the Jesse Lingard transfer saga for proof.
The Scot chased and chased Jesse but eventually lost him to Nottingham Forest. During the time Moyes pursued Lingard, West Ham missed out on alternative, and arguably better, options.
As talks for Broja continued with Chelsea, many Hammers fans thought we might be in a similar situation with the Albanian to what we were with Lingard. That didn’t turn out to be the case though.
West Ham quickly replaced Gianluca Scamacca
As soon as things started to look tricky regarding a decision to sign Broja, the Hammers immediately switched to Sassuolo as Scamacca.
West Ham are set to sign the Italian hitman on a five-year deal for an estimated fee of around £35m today (Sky Sports).
The Hammers played Chelsea like a fiddle here. The Hammers squarely called the Blues bluff.
Of course, Chelsea might end up selling Broja elsewhere, but surely they won’t get as much money for him from other clubs.
One of the key factors in the negotiations for the 20-year-old has undoubtedly been Chelsea asking for a first option on Declan Rice next year.
It’s fair to assume Chelsea’s hierarchy demanded an option in December before allowing Broja a move to the London Stadium.
If West Ham don’t sign Broja now, the Blues won’t have that clause available to them next summer.
Chelsea missed the mark. Big credit must go to David Moyes for learning from the past and moving forward quickly and efficiently in the transfer market, rather than letting the saga drag on until the end of the summer.
And West Ham signing Gianluca Scamacca will be a massive statement in more ways than one.
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