According to a report from Portuguese media outlet A Bola, West Ham could be set to make a move for long time target Moussa Marega in the summer.

The Hammers have been linked with the Mali international over the past few transfer windows.

And A Bola claims that the 28-year-old’s release clause has now dropped from €40 million (£37 million) to €30 million (£28 million).

West Ham will undoubtedly be looking to sign a new striker when the transfer window reopens.

So could Marega be a useful addition for the Hammers?

FC Porto v Rio Ave FC - Liga NOS

Moussa Marega (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Stats

The 28-year-old has been in fine goalscoring form over the past three years for Porto, racking up 53 strikes in his last 120 games (Transfermarkt).

He scored 21 goals for Porto last season.

 

Marega’s form has dipped this season, however, with just nine goals in 35 games in all competitions.

FC Porto v Rio Ave FC - Liga NOS

Moussa Marega (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

In 20 league outings for Porto this season, he has averaged 2 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game. He has also lost possession two times per game during that period (Who Scored).

The Premier League is much more intense and frenetically paced that the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

And that could prove difficult for Marega to adjust to.

He is explosive, powerful and fast, however, according to a scouting report from Soccer Souls.

And for just £27 million, it could be argued that signing Marega would represent too much of a risk for West Ham in the current climate.

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