Atalanta beat Roma and Inter Milan to sign Gianluca Scamacca from West Ham for £27m
West Ham confirm the £27m departure of Gianluca Scamacca just one year after he signed, as Atalanta beat Roma and Inter Milan in the race to sign the Italian striker
- West Ham have confirmed that Gianluca Scamacca has departed the club
- He will join Atalanta on a permanent deal but neither club has disclosed his fee
- It comes as both Inter Milan and Roma were also in the race to sign the striker
West Ham have confirmed that Gianluca Scamacca has departed the club and joined Atalanta on a permanent deal worth £27million.
It comes as the Serie A side have beaten Inter Milan and Roma to his signature, with both sides having previously shown an interest in the Italian forward.
Atalanta also notably sold their striker Rasmus Hojlund to Manchester United for £72million last week.
But it seems they have acted quickly to secure new reinforcements up top and have signed Scamacca permanently for an undisclosed fee.
West Ham confirmed the news in a club statement earlier today, a year after they signed the 24-year-old for £30m from Sassuolo.
Gianluca Scamacca (right) has been unveiled as an Atalanta player after West Ham had confirmed his departure
The striker will join the Italian club on an undisclosed transfer after spending only a year at West Ham
The centre-forward struggled to impress at West Ham with a knee injury notably keeping him out of the team
Since then the centre-forward has struggled to impress at the London Stadium and in the 12 months since joining has scored three times across 16 Premier League appearances before a knee injury and a meniscus problem ended his season prematurely.
But in a statement released today the Premier League outfit said: ‘West Ham United can confirm that Gianluca Scamacca has departed the Club and joined Atalanta BC.
‘The 24-year-old has moved to the Italian Serie A side on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.
‘The centre-forward spent a single season at London Stadium and scored eight goals in 27 appearances, including five in the Hammers’ run to lifting the UEFA Europa Conference League.
‘West Ham United would like to thank Gianluca for his efforts and wish him well for his future career.’
It comes as Atalanta sold former centre-forward Rasmus Hojlund to Manchester United for £72m
Meanwhile, he was also unveiled by Atalanta in a video posted on YouTube, that saw him arrive at the club’s training ground, sign his new contract and don the club’s blue and black striped kit.
In the video, Scammaca says, according to a translation by YouTube: ‘I chose the best club to pick up from where I left off here in Italy and the one fitting my needs like a glove.
‘The director and coach Gasperini have always laid their cards on the table never hiding how much they wanted me and how similar our views were on many topics.’
He added: ‘I’m looking forward to playing at the Gewiss Stadium to finally feel the fans cheering and to celebrate together.’
Atalanta said: ‘Atalanta B.C. would like to extend a warm welcome to Gianluca and wish him the best of luck in his future personal and team endeavours as a Nerazzurro.’