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West Ham assistant Billy McKinlay shuts down transfer rumors for Gianluca Scamacca

Andy Mattioli
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Roma continue to be engaged in talks with West Ham United for Gianluca Scamacca.

Following yesterday’s release of an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport where Scamacca discussed in detail the desire to return to Roma, West Ham assistant coach Billy McKinlay stepped in to shut down all transfer links.

“Gianluca had a bit of a disrupted season with one or two injuries which didn’t help him,” McKinlay told The Athletic. “It’s not easy settling into a new league, which is probably the hardest league in Europe physically and mentally.”

“We didn’t see the best of him and he had a knee injury during the second half of last season. He’s come back and is still probably working up to full fitness.”

“We’re delighted to have him back, he’s a top player and I’m sure we’ll see that in the coming weeks and months. He’ll really benefit from a consistent pre-season.”

“Last summer he joined us right at the end (of the window) and missed large chunks of the work. He’s a top international and I’m sure we’ll get the benefit from that.”

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