Report: West Ham make contact for Italian international striker Mattia Destro

West Ham United and Crystal Palace have been linked with Roma’s Mattia Destro.

According to Gianluca di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, West Ham United have contacted Roma in an effort to take talented striker Mattia Destro on a loan.

The Italy international has lost his way somewhat in the Italian capital, spending the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan in a bid to put him in the shop window.

West Ham and Crystal Palace have long been credited with holding an interest in Destro, as per Italian paper Il Sussidario, and Monaco, as per Sky Sports Italia, are also keen on his signature.

However, it appears the Hammers are taking the lead in trying to prise him away from the Stadio Olimpico with fresh reports claiming the East Londoners have made contact over a potential loan deal.

“West Ham continues to shop in Italy. After landing Sampdoria midfielder Obiang, they are trying to acquire Mattia Destro, today the Premier League side contacted Roma once again to request the striker,” the report from Sky Sports Italia states.

The right balance upfront:

In Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, West Ham have two powerful strikers who were ideal under former boss Sam Allardyce and his preference for direct, battling football.

Under Slaven Bilic, however, a more fluid, possession-based style is expected and strikers who can work the channels, link-up with the midfield and run in behind will be vital for the transition to run smoothly.

Destro is very much a worthwhile acquisition, a player who is a hardworking, all-round forward with an eye for goal and plenty of potential, especially considering he’s only 24 and has plenty of Serie A experience.

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