West Ham might have been given a boost in their reported pursuit of Sassuolo hitman Jeremie Boga, with Chelsea allegedly refusing their buy-back option on the striker, according to the Guardian.
According to a report from Area Napoli, the east London outfit want to bring the striker to east London.
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Hammers manager David Moyes will be keen to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
And so will Blues boss Frank Lampard.
But it seems as though Boga will not be returning to Stamford Bridge. The Guardian claims that Chelsea have opted against activating their buy-back clause on the 23-year-old hitman. And that could leave the door wide open for West Ham.
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 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 striker is far from prolific, but he does contribute outside of just scoring goals. And the former Chelsea man possesses plenty of pace.
He might just be a useful addition for West Ham at the end of the season.
And the Hammers’ task of signing the Frenchman will be made a whole lot easier with Chelsea allegedly having pulled out of the race for his signature.
Area Napoli claims that Boga would cost somewhere in the region of £21 million.
That does sound to be a little over-priced considering the ongoing global health crisis.
And if West Ham could negotiate that fee down to around £15 million, the Sassuolo hitman would be a decent addition to David Moyes’s squad.