The agent of Serie A striker M’Bala Nzola has confirmed West Ham United’s interest in his client.

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The spotlight is back on David Moyes’s decision not to sign a striker in January after West Ham’s Champions League dreams faded and died over the last two months.

Makeshift striker Michail Antonio has struggled against ultra defensive sides, particularly in the last two games.

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Spotlight back on Moyes decision not to sign a striker in January window

And West Ham have dropped down to seventh in the Premier League table as a result.

The Hammers now look set to be in a straight fight with bitter rivals Tottenham for sixth spot and a place in the Europa League.

Moyes decided to bank the £20million raised by the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January and use it this summer instead.

West Ham have been linked with a host of strikers including Abdallah Sima, Odsonne Edouard, Ivan Toney, Youssef En-Nesyri, Tammy Abraham, Adam Armstrong and even Marko Arnautovic.

But another name could be added to the list after the agent of Angolan international Nzola confirmed West Ham wanted the Spezia striker in January (Grand Hotel Calciomercato and Football Italia).

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The 24-year-old has been likened to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba by his manager Vincenzo Italiano (Tuttosport).

Nzola has scored 11 goals in 24 appearances in Serie A this season as he helped Spezia avoid relegation in their first ever top flight campaign.

 

And according to Nzola’s agent Didier Pingisi, West Ham wanted to sign the striker in January but he rejected a move to the Premier League after careful consideration.

“Nzola has improved this season and Vincenzo Italian deserves credit for it,” Pingisi told Grand Hotel Calciomercato, as also reported by Football Italia.

“The coach has had had a key role in his development, he is very prepared, especially tactically. Back in January, Nzola was linked with a move to West Ham.

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“We received offers from three Premier League and three Serie A clubs and a club from the Bundesliga sounded out M’Bala.

“We were in advanced talks, we even discussed his possible salary, but then we asked ourselves if that made sense.

“Nzola needed stability and it was in a very good moment, so we thought it was better to stay at Spezia.”

Whether Moyes remains interested in Nzola remains to be seen.

But one thing is for certain West Ham must sign at least one striker in the next window – particularly if they make Europe.

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