Ianluca Scamacca has revealed a conversation with Italian boss Roberto Mancini helped convince him a move to West Ham was the right thing to do.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers in a £30.5million deal from Sassuolo, signing a five-year deal with the option of an extension for a further season.
Scamacca offers David Moyes the competition for Michail Antonio at the forward he’s longed for, and brings a genuine goalscoring threat after a solid season in Serie A.
This earned him a first appearance for the national team and Scamacca’s interest in joining the Hammers, due to the fans and the positive direction of the trip to the club, was confirmed after speaking to Mancini.
“Because the Premier League, because the project, and they want me a lot,” Scamacca said in an interview with the club when asked why he chose West Ham.
“With fans like this, I think you give more than you have. You find the strength to go beyond your limits with fans like this.
He added: “We spoke before I came and [Mancini] said it was a perfect place for me. To grow, to play, to get involved, to improve and improve.
Scamacca also revealed that playing in England was something he dreamed of throughout his career, a goal he made clear to those close to him.
“Really excited,” he said. “We have waited a long time for this moment and we are very, very happy.
“It was my dream for many years. Today I spoke with a friend – last year we wrote on our WhatsApp: ‘One day I want to play in the Premier League’ and that’s come.”