According to a report from Area Napoli, West Ham want to sign Sassuolo hitman Jeremie Boga this summer. But with the Frenchman having openly admitted that he is open to the prospect of rejoining Chelsea, do the Hammers really have any chance?
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The Blues have an option to buy the 23-year-old back from Sassuolo for just £12.8 million (Daily Mail).
And Boga recently told the Athletic that he is open to making a return to Stamford Bridge this summer:
“When I was there, it was Willian, [Eden] Hazard, Pedro. When Jose Mourinho was there, it was [Mohamed] Salah. There were a lot of good wingers. For me, it has always been if I can’t play, then I will try to go on loan or try to go somewhere to improve, then maybe come back one day.”
The 23-year-old left Chelsea for Sassuolo in 2013 for just £3 million, according to the Independent.
And he has gone on to rack up 11 goals and five assists in 52 games for the Serie A outfit (Transfermarkt).
In 24 Serie A outings for Serie A this season, Boga has racked up eight goals and two assists. He has averaged 4.4 dribbles, 1 key pass and 1.9 shots per game. The Ivorian has also been fouled 1.8 times per game on average in those outings. (Who Scored).
The Frenchman can play on either wing or as a centre-forward. He possesses blistering pace, and is always a real threat when running in behind the opposition’s defence.
Boga would undoubtedly be a decent option for David Moyes next season. But it will surely be hard for West Ham to beat Chelsea to the forward’s signature.
East London outfit’s hopes not entirely dashed
The Hammers have been given a boost in their reported pursuit of the Sassuolo ace, however, with Frank Lampard allegedly refusing the chance to activate the Blues’ buy-back option on the striker, according to the Guardian.
Although Chelsea allegedly have the option to buy him back for £12.8 million, Area Napoli claims that it will take around £21 million for any other club to prise him away from the Serie A outfit.
Now, that does seem to be slightly on the expensive side. But if Moyes can find a way to bring Boga to the London Stadium for nearer the £15 million mark, he would surely be a decent addition for West Ham.
And despite the fact that the 23-year-old would be open to a return to Chelsea, the Hammers still have a chance of signing the striker.
They must retain their Premier League status first and foremost, however.