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Report: West Ham and West Brom set for £18m transfer tussle for Serhou Guirassy
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Report: West Ham and West Brom set for £18m transfer tussle for Serhou Guirassy

According to a report from Foot Mercato, West Ham and West Brom could be set to battle it out for Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy this summer.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bring another striker to the London Stadium this summer.

And the same can be said of Baggies manager Slaven Bilic at the Hawthorns.

West Ham aren’t flush with cash, however. West Brom, meanwhile, will have to be thrifty in their recruitment as well.

Serhou Guirassy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

So Foot Mercato’s claim that Guirassy will cost around £18 million will surely be a problem for both clubs.

Stats

The Frenchman scored nine goals in 24 Ligue 1 outings for Amiens last season. In total, he has scored 38 goals in 150 career club appearances (Transfermarkt).

Standing at 6ft 2in tall, Guirassy is strong in the air. In 24 league games last term, he won an average of 4.1 aerial duals per game (Who Scored).

Serhou Guirassy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

In those outings, the Amiens hitman averaged 1.9 shots, 0.7 dribbles and 0.6 key passes per game (Who Scored).

The 24-year-old is clearly not the most prolific of strikers. He is a hard worker, however. And his willingness to run behind into the channels would provide West Ham or West Brom with an attacking outlet that they currently do not possess.

It is hard to envisage a scenario where West Ham pay £18 million for a striker who is unproven in the Premier League, however. And the same applies to West Brom.

We desperately need Moyes to sign some defenders this summer. And if we do have any money left over for attacking players, we should be going for someone like Ollie Watkins, not Serhou Guirassy.