Five facts about West Ham United target Duvan Zapata

With stories suggesting the Hammers are close to a deal for the Colombian forward, here is all you need to know about the player.

Reports suggest West Ham are close to securing their second forward of the transfer window. Following the permanent transfer of Andy Carroll from Liverpool, it is being claimed that his strike-partner next season will be Colombian Duvan Zapata.

The 22-year-old currently plays in Argentina for Estudiantes. And it is being reported that a £6.7million bid has been accepted, with a work permit application now the only stumbling block.

Here are five facts about the player:

1) Duvan Esteban Zapata Banguera began playing football in the youth team of Colombian side America de Cali in 2004. He was later promoted to the first-team, where he played from 2008 to 2011. He made 59 starts and 7 substitute appearances, scoring 8 goals.

2) It was his move to Estudiantes in 2011 that began to show what he is capable of, as he scored 5 goals in just six starts and four appearances from the bench. This season he has scored 13 goals and provided two assists in 31 appearances.

3) Zapata played his part in Colombia’s Toulon Tournament triumph in 2011. And while he is yet to make a senior appearance for his country, he is expected to make next summer’s World Cup squad.

4) The striker has been tipped to be the next Colombian to make the breakthrough in Europe, following the likes of Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez.

5) At 6ft 2in, Zapata is a powerful forward who could form a formidable partnership with Andy Carroll should the reported four-year deal be finalised. Valued by some at £10million, and following rumours of interest from Borussia Dortmund, Lyon, Benfica and Porto to name a few, West Ham could be close to one of the signings of the summer.

Are Hammers fans excited by his potential arrival?  And who else should the club move for this summer?

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