Report: West Ham launch enquiry for Napoli and Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne

- Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne in action against Stevan Jovetic of Inter Milan

The Hammers are looking for a new striker, and speculation in Italy suggests Insigne could be their man.


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West Ham United's search for a new top-class striker this summer could have taken another twist with Italian outlet Il Mattino claiming that the club have enquired about signing Napoli's Italy international Lorenzo Insigne.

The Hammers have already missed out on the likes of Alexandre Lacazette this summer and with a deal for AC Milan hitman Carlos Bacca seemingly stalled, they may feel that they have to turn their attentions elsewhere.

Insigne has emerged as a target for several clubs this summer after kickstarting his Napoli career last season with 13 goals in 42 appearances in Serie A and the Europa League.

The 25-year-old's agent, Fabio Andreotti, revealed earlier this month that Insigne could be at a new club by the end of the summer after a rejecting a new deal from his current club.

- Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne in action against Stevan Jovetic of Inter Milan

Andreotti told Radio CRC, as quoted by ESPN: "In our last meeting, we didn't like some of the answers that the club gave us. With a heavy heart, I must say that there are clubs that are considering us. Napoli don't want to let him go, but the contract they're offering does not satisfy us, we have better offers."

Now, Il Mattino claims that West Ham have held discussions with Andreotti and are prepared to offer Insigne a contract worth €5 million (£4.3 million) per year.

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman clashes with Italy's Lorenzo Insigne

The Italian report suggests that offer has been approved by Insigne and his representatives, and that the Hammers have also submitted an enquiry to Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis over a fee.

Though he usually plays as a winger or central attacking midfielder, Insigne, who featured for Italy at Euro 2016 earlier this summer, is capable of playing in attack off the frontman and could solve West Ham's problem.

However, it remains far from certain that a deal will be struck; Insigne is a Naples native and has spent his entire career with his hometown club, and Napoli are unlikely to have given up hope of holding onto their star.

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