West Ham United are reportedly prepared to trigger a £27.6m release clause to beat Arsenal to the signing of Argentina international Mauro Icardi, according to the Daily Mirror (via the Express).
The Premier League side, who currently sit sixth in the English top-flight standings following their disappointing 4-1 home defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, are interested in acquiring the Inter Milan striker from under the noses of their London rivals this summer.
The 23-year-old; who made his international debut against Uruguay back in 2013, still his only senior international cap to date, has scored 16 goals and provided four assists in 34 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A outfit this season.
Icardi, who is currently the San Siro outfit’s captain, has also been scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months.
However it is the Gunners’ interest which is reportedly more firm, although the report suggests that Arsenal are unwilling to meet his £27.6m buy-out clause.
But Slaven Bilic’s Hammers are prepared to part with that large sum of money in the hope of securing Icardi as their marquee summer signing as they move into their Olympic Stadium for the forthcoming 2016/17 campaign.