Report: Mauro Icardi becomes West Ham’s new top summer target

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West Ham United have been linked with Mauro Icardi.

According to the Mirror, Mauro Icardi has become West Ham United’s top target this summer.

The report claims that the Hammers’ chiefs have identified the Inter Milan forward as their ideal marquee summer signing ahead of their impending switch to the Olympic Stadium.

Icardi is a full Argentine international, and his performances in Serie A over the past 18 months have really caught the eye as he topped the league’s scoring charts last season.

The 23-year-old has netted an impressive 47 goals in 88 matches for Inter, prompting the club to remarkably make him captain in the early stages of this season despite his relatively young age.

West Ham have enjoyed a terrific season under Slaven Bilic, and despite a wobble against Swansea City, they remain on course for a highly respectable top six Premier League finish.

With the club moving to the Olympic Stadium as of next season, the Hammers will have a greater appeal in terms of player recruitment and a big-name striker signing has already been spoken about.

Icardi seemingly would fit the bill, although the East London club may have competition for his signature with the Mirror crediting fellow London side Arsenal with a heavy interest in his services.

That said, the report goes on to say that West Ham are ready to meet Icardi's buyout clause of roughly £27.5 million and match his wage demands as they seek to pull off a ground-breaking deal.

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