West Ham made a huge offer for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski in the summer transfer window – and it has been described as shameless.
The Scot was desperately keen to add more technical quality to his attacking midfield ranks.
However, West Ham ended up signing Lucas Paqueta instead. I think we got by far the better deal.
In spite of that, the Hammers tried their best to bring Zielinski to the London Stadium it seems…
West Ham reportedly made ‘shameless’ summer Piotr Zielinski bid
Corriere dello Sport (print edition November 4th, page 14) claim that the Hammers made a €40 million offer for the Poland international.
Napoli considered that offer shameless though, and West Ham moved on to other targets.
I believe that Zielinski would have been a fine addition for West Ham. At the same time though, we back the club’s decision not to cave in to his, and Napoli’s, extortionate demands.
He only earns £33k-a-week at Napoli after all (Salary Sport)!
The 28-year-old is undoubtedly a huge talent and has the kind of ability that would definitely have taken West Ham’s attacking play to another level.
Zielinski bagged eight goals and five assists in 42 games for Napoli last season and in the 2020/21 campaign, he racked up 10 goals and 13 assists in 47 games. This term, he has bagged four goals and six assists in 18 games (Transfermarkt).
In 35 Serie A outings last season, the Poland international made 36.1 passes on average per game and recorded an impressive completion rate of 84.8%. He also made an average of 1.4 key passes per match (Who Scored).
It seems as though the West Ham owners weren’t prepared to pay more than £35 million for Piotr Zielinski though.
And taking his age into account, I make them right.