Report: West Ham persistent over signing Mattia Destro, players delays transfer decision

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West Ham are reportedly insistent on signing Mattia Destro from Roma.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham are staying persistent over a move for Roma striker Mattia Destro, causing the player to delay a move to Bologna.

The Hammers have strengthened their squad heavily this summer, bringing in a goalkeeper as well as defenders and midfielders - but so far, their attacking options have remained untouched.

Yet with injuries to Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia leaving new manager Slaven Bilic with a lack of options in attack, West Ham need to sign at least one new striker before the transfer deadline.

Now, TMW report that Roma striker Mattia Destro has delayed a decision over whether to join Serie A rivals Bologna - because West Ham are continuing to pursue him.

The Italian international, 25, has hit 29 goals in 68 games for Roma, whilst he also scored three times during a half-season loan at AC Milan last season.

With seemingly no future at the Stadio Olimpico following the arrival of Edin Dzeko from Manchester City, Destro's exit seems almost inevitable; and he may have a number of options to choose from.

TMW's report suggests that West Ham's insistence on signing Destro could tempt the centre forward over to the Premier League, whilst Norwich City are also credited with an interest in his signature.

Destro is a typical poacher who comes alive inside the six yard box, and his record in Italy suggests that, with a more prominent first-team role, he could find the net regularly for whoever he signs for - which could be West Ham if reports are to be believed.

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