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West Ham outcast Gianluca Scamacca prefers Roma over AC Milan move

Gianluca Scamacca’s brief venture into the Premier League hasn’t worked out as the West Ham United outcast guns for a Serie A return.

Despite his underwhelming spell in London, the 24-year-old striker is still a sought-after prospect in his homeland, with AC Milan and Roma reportedly interested in bringing him back.

However, the former Sassuolo forward, who came through the youth ranks at the Stadio Olimpico before moving to PSV Eindhoven at a young age, has set his sights on reuniting with the Giallorossi, as per Calciomercato.

Scamacca failed to make a senior appearance for Roma before transferring to PSV, but he’s still keen to rejoin Jose Mourinho’s squad despite Milan’s interest.

Both Italian clubs are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements.

After Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his retirement toward the end of last season, Stefano Pioli has earmarked the attacking department as a must-improve area.

With ageing Olivier Giroud and underperforming Divock Origi remaining his only reliable options in the front third, the Rossoneri are desperate to land a proven striker.

Lens’ Lois Openda has made Pioli’s shortlist, but it’s questionable whether Milan have enough funds to fight with RB Leipzig and Chelsea for the rising Belgian star.

Scamacca was on the club’s radar before linking up with West Ham last summer, and they were ready to reignite their pursuit before finding out about the player’s preference.

Roma only recently extended Andrea Belotti’s contract for two more years, even though the former Torino talisman failed to find the net in Serie A last season.

But Mourinho knows he cannot rely on Belotti if his team are to mount a genuine top-four challenge next term, especially after Tammy Abraham picked up a nasty ACL injury on the final day of last season.

On that basis, Roma are ready to negotiate Scamacca’s return.

It’s still uncertain whether they want to sign him on loan or permanently, with West Ham reportedly preferring an outright sale.

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