Should West Ham attempt to sign former transfer target Duvan Zapata this summer?

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Duvan Zapata has been linked with West Ham in the past, and he could be a great signing this summer.

In the summer of 2013, Duvan Zapata was linked with West Ham, according to the Mirror.

They had reportedly agreed a £6.7 million fee for the Colombian striker, who had scored 14 goals in 23 games for Argentinian side Estudiantes that season.

However, a deal was never completed, and he instead transferred to Napoli that summer.

A fantastic goalscoring talent, he has netted 15 times for the Serie A club in 52 games, having spent much of his career in Italy as a substitute.

Playing behind Gonzalo Higuain last season, he has found chances even harder to come by since January 2015, when Napoli signed Manolo Gabbiadini to bolster the front line.

The 24-year-old is now third choice, and at his age, is surely keen on playing consistent football to increase his chances of breaking into the senior Colombia side.

He has proven to be a consistent goalscorer when given the chance, and the Hammers have struggled this season to find the back of the net when Diafra Sakho has been out of action.

Enner Valencia has yet to truly impress as a goalscorer, although his attacking work is impressive as a creative force, whilst Andy Carroll is too injury prone, and Carlton Cole is sure to be leaving the club this summer.

To truly push on and become the European contenders that they want to become, West Ham need to build a squad with talent in depth, and Zapata certainly represents that. He would win enough game time to consider him a much bigger part of the squad than he currently is at Napoli, whilst providing a talent that is very sparse in the current Hammers ranks.

The only stumbling point in a potential deal is due to a transfer fee, with Zapata’s contract signed until 2018. Napoli can ask for a large fee with no fears of him leaving, but if West Ham can guarantee the forward consistent playing opportunities, he may look to force through a move for a cut-price fee to East London.

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