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Opinion: West Ham signing 24-year-old striker for £17 million is an absolute no-brainer this summer

West Ham cannot go wrong by signing Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi for just £17 million in the summer transfer window.

Hammers manager David Moyes cannot allow another transfer window to pass without bringing suitable competition for Michail Antonio to the London Stadium.

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The 32-year-old has been our only striker since Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax way back in January 2021.

The lack of options through the middle available to Moyes ended up costing West Ham eventually, as our challenge for the top four dissipated and our European campaign came crashing to an end.

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Signing a top-class striker should be the absolute number one priority for Moyes this summer, especially now that a deal to bring Nayef Aguerd to the club appears to be done and dusted.

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And we think that there is one man for the job, considering Moyes’s tight budget…

West Ham signing 24-year-old striker this summer a no-brainer

We believe that Union Berlin centre-forward Taiwo Awoniyi would be the ideal addition to Moyes’s ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

The Nigerian is about as close to Michail Antonio as you could get. And we think he’d be absolutely perfect for us.

He is a real powerhouse and would be the perfect long-term replacement for the Jamaica international.

The Nigerian is a total menace for opposing defenders. The 24-year-old is absolutely rapid and is built the like a brick wall.

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Awoniyi is a willing and tireless runner. His physical attributes help him occupy more than one defender at a time and that in turn creates space for his teammates.

He’s pretty good in front of goal as well, with 20 goals and five assists to his name in 43 games for Union Berlin last season (Transfermarkt).

The 24-year-old has a €20 million (£17 million) release clause inserted into his contract with Union Berlin according to The Athletic.

Nottingham Forest are keen to sign him though (The Athletic). So the Hammers owners had better act fast if they want to bring the striker back to the Premier League this summer.

And West Ham will be in a really strong position ahead of the new season simply by signing the powerful 24-year-old striker from Union Berlin for just £17 million.

It is too good of an opportunity to turn down.

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