West Ham will be hunting for a striker this summer. With doubt surrounding the future of Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll, this could become a priority.
Several names have been mentioned already as the transfer window hots up. And many more strikers will be linked with a move to East London as the summer progresses.
The latest reported striker target is Djaniny. According to A Bola, West Ham will battle Premier League rivals Everton and Wolves for Djaniny. But who is he? And would he be a good signing?
Who is Djaniny?
Djaniny is an experienced striker who stands at 6ft 3in tall. Using his towering frame, he could be considered a target man striker. And with Carroll set to leave, this could be useful for West Ham.
The 28-year-old is currently at Al-Ahli, who play in the Saudi Arabian top-flight. His goalscoring record this season has been stunning. In 21 Saudi Pro League games, Djaniny has scored 20 goals.
Prior to his move to the Middle East, Djaniny played for several Portuguese clubs. Most notably, he played for Benfica, although he didn’t manage a first-team game with the Portuguese giants.
Djaniny’s career has also taken him to Mexico. The 28-cap Cape Verde international scored 51 goals in 149 games for Santos Laguna before his summer 2018 move to Al-Ahli.
Djaniny move would be too risky
Despite his impressive stats in Saudi Arabia, this deal represents too much of a risk. His only experience in Europe was in Portugal. And with just 12 top-flight goals in 76 games in Portugal, he was not exactly a standout performer.
Djaniny moved to Santos Laguna in 2014 so he has not played European football in five years now. Despite finding his feet in Saudi Arabia, this is too much of a jump to convince West Ham that he would be a good signing.
The Hammers should look elsewhere for a new striker. There are plenty of options out there and this Djaniny move would be too much of a gamble to make it worthwhile.