Published On: Sat, Jul 6th, 2013

West Ham set to sign Columbian

It is believed West Ham have agreed a fee with Argentine club Estudiantes for the rising Columbian striker Duvan Zapata for a fee believed to be £6.7 million.

The only hold up to finalising the deal is the Columbian is waiting for his work permit to be processed. Sam Allardyce believes he is the perfect player to partner Andy Carroll as they look to build on their 10th placed finish last season.

It seems West Ham have beaten off competition from other European clubs such as Lyon, Benfica and Udinese according to the Mirror.

So who is Zapata?

In England he is an unknown talent and even Allardyce was persuaded to buy him after several scouts reported back saying he was perfect for the set-up at West Ham.

He is another big striker, at 6ft 2in, which will provide West Ham with one of the most powerful striking pairs in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has scored 14 goals in 23 games this season for Estudiantes and will be looking to match players such as Falcao who have moved from Argentina to Europe and had great success.

If Carroll and Zapata are the new striking force for West Ham I imagine we will see a very direct style of football with lots of hold up play from the front two.

It will certainly cause even the best defenders problems.


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