Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Who is topping West Ham’s search for a new striker?

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After managing to extend on their FA Cup adventure away at National League outfit Stockport on Monday night, all eyes are on who could be coming through the doors at the London Stadium this month.

Partying ways with former club-record signing Sébastien Haller in a deal worth just £20.2m – less than half the £45m West Ham paid Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019, the Hammers are desperately hoping to add another striker in the January transfer window.

With attacking talisman Michail Antonio the only recognised striker in David Moyes’ ranks, we have taken a look at three names that have been linked with a potential move to West Ham this month.

Patson Daka

While the Hammers might have been linked with a potential return for former talisman Marko Arnautović this month, fans around East London have been excited by the speculation surrounding a move for Patson Daka.

Gaining a string of admirers after what has been a free-scoring run with Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg, the 22-year-old has done a stellar job of filling Erling Haaland’s void since the Norweigan superstar made the move to Borussia Dortmund last year.

Already bagging himself 10 strikes in 14 games for the defending Bundesliga champions this season, The Express, along with outlets from across Europe, have reported that West Ham have been offered the chance to snap up Daka’s signature for £25million this month.

Renowned for his blistering pace and tipped as a real talent, this is not the first time that the Zambia international has been linked with a host of Premier League sides.

Represented by former Hammers striker Freddie Kanoute, Daka has reportedly been tracked as a potential replacement for Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal, along with speculation around a potential move to both Spurs and Liverpool.

Boulaye Dia

With Sébastien Haller largely struggling to fit into Moyes’ system at the London Stadium, it is no secret that the former Manchester United boss is keen on finding an almost like-for-like alternative to Michail Antonio.

With the 30-year-old continuously dealing with a list of hamstring injuries, Sky Sports reported earlier in the week that the West Ham boss might have found himself a perfect option with Ligue 1 outfit Reims.

Shocking many across the continent so far this season, a red-hot Boulaye Dia has already notched himself 12 goals in his 17 Ligue 1 appearances, and no player in France’s top-flight can boast a better return.

With his contract at the Stade Auguste-Delaune ticking away and no signs of an extension on the horizon, it is believed that the Hammers would be able to snap up the 24-year-old’s signature for as little as £10million this month.

An athletic forward who can lead the line and certainly work in Moyes’ loan role up top, Dia’s agent, Frederic Guerra, told Le10 Sport last week that he has spoken ‘a lot’ with West Ham over the past fortnight about a potential move.

Josh King

As West Ham fans up and down the country will be more than aware, this is not the first time that they have been heavily linked with a move for Bournemouth’s misfit forward, Josh King.

With it appearing that the Norweigan international was inching to a deadline day move to East London over the summer, it is no secret that Moyes is a huge fan of the one-time Manchester United starlet and would jump at a potential cut-price deal.

While King might have bagged himself a brace in Bournemouth’s 4-1 win against Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend, the 28-year-old has mustered just three Championship starts this season and is desperate to secure his own Premier League return.

Renowned for his versatility play anywhere in the final third of the pitch, King currently has just six months remaining on his deal at the Vitality and the Cherries will be desperate to avoid allowing him to leave on a free in the summer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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