West Ham could face competition from Napoli in their pursuit of Duvan Zapata this summer.
Atalanta were quick to rebuff the apparent offer from West Ham, who could be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements ahead of next season.
However, if Manuel Pellegrini is to oversee the signing of Zapata for his club, it seems there will be plenty of competition to fend off.
According to a report from Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, as cited by Inside Futbol, Serie A giants Napoli have been keeping a close eye on the player’s performances throughout the campaign ahead of a possible move.
Zapata is currently on loan at Atalanta from Sampdoria, but the Italian club are likely to make his move to permanent before entertaining big-money offers this summer.
Why Zapata would be a good signing for West Ham
Zapata is 28 and playing the best football of his career to date. West Ham should capitalise on this in the summer.
Pellegrini often likes to deploy a more physically-gifted striker up front in his system, and Zapata fits the bill.
West Ham’s forwards have hardly inspired this season, and Zapata has been exceptional for Atalanta. He’d improve the club’s options.
Fending off competition from the likes of Napoli would be a statement of intent from West Ham. It would send a message to the clubs around them in the table.