It is understood that the Irons approached Belotti’s current employers with a bid of £45 million, but Torino were seeking a fee in excess of £50 million.
This would have a been a show stopping signing from West Ham had they pulled it off. Belotti is a top tier striker, there is no doubting that, and he certainly has the quality and the natural finishing streak needed to be a success wherever he goes. The Italian averaged 3.4 shots on goal per game in Serie A last term, as per Whoscored, as well as winning 4.1 aerial duels. In truth, however, missing out on him could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Haller, who they landed instead, looks to be a really tasty proposition, and his average of 6.9 aerial duels, as well as 1.3 key passes per match, as per Whoscored, hints at a player who maybe has a little more to his game in terms of linking up with those around him. If the big Frenchman can get firing early on, the Hammers will be asking “Belotti who?”.