According to a report from the Express, West Ham and Aston Villa are eyeing a January swoop for Porto hitman Moussa Marega. And the player himself wants to move to the Premier League.
The Hammers are long time admirers of the 28-year-old striker.
French media outlet Foot Mercato claimed in the summer that West Ham were ready to activate Marega’s £27 million release clause.
A move to east London obviously failed to materialise for the Mali international, however.
The Express claims that it is Marega’s ‘ultimate ambition’ to play in the Premier League. And he would not say no to West Ham, if they do in fact make a move for him this month.
The Porto ace is not the easiest on the eye, but he would be a useful addition for the Hammers nonetheless.
He is a consistent goalscorer, with 50 goals to his name since the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Marega is big and powerful, and seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.
He would add some genuine competition for Sebastien Haller at the London Stadium. And if West Ham can pick him up for somewhere near the reported fee of £27 million, it would have to be considered as good business for the east London outfit.
With Albian Ajeti struggling to impress at the club, Marega’s arrival could make all the difference this season.
It would also give David Moyes the chance to set up with two genuinely top-class strikers up front together.
The Hammers won’t have things all their own way, however.
The Express claims that Aston Villa, Wolves, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Real Betis and AC Milan all are interested in signing Marega.
So West Ham will need to move quickly, if they are to win the race for Mali hitman.