Serie A side Atalanta would be willing to accept an offer in the region of €50m for in-demand striker and West Ham target Duvan Zapata, according to La Gazzetta dello, cited by calciomercato.com.
The 28-year-old, who has plied his trade in Italy since 2013, has been in fine form for his current employers this season, which has attracted interest across Europe.
Zapata has challenged Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo for the top scorer award in Italy this season, with the Hammers and fellow Premier League side Newcastle United just two teams interested in the Colombian’s services in the summer.
And according to reports, Atalanta would be happy to accept a deal totalling €50m, with the club preferring any potential buyers to pay a fee straight up.
It is unlikely West Ham would be able to pay €50m up front, so the Hammers could explore the possibility of offering a player in with a potential deal, with the likes of Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez likely to leave the London Stadium in the summer.
All you need to know about Duvan Zapata...
The 6ft 2in forward was born in Cali, Colombia in 1991 and made his professional debut aged 17 back in 2008.
Zapata began his career with Colombian outfit America de Cali. The striker moved to Argentina with Estudiantes in 2011, before earning a move to Napoli in 2013. Since then, Zapata has plied his trade for the likes of Udinese and Sampdoria before joining Atalanta.
The 28-year-old has been capped by Colombia six times after progressing through the youth teams. However, after being named in Colombia’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, Zapata failed to make the final 23-man squad.
Zapata is known for his aerial dominance and powerful all-round forward play.
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