The agent of rumoured West Ham striker target Anthony Martial has made his move hopes clear ahead of the January transfer window,

West Ham desperately need a new striker. And next month – one year after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax – David Moyes will be looking to finally sign one.

Moyes is said to have held talks with SEVEN different strikers over the summer but to no avail.

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And the Hammers have been linked with moves for a host of forwards in recent weeks – including Manchester United outcast Martial over the last six months (The Daily Star).


West Ham’s need for another frontman has been highlighted by the form of Moyes’s only striker Michail Antonio in recent months.

Antonio has not scored since West Ham beat Spurs back in October and there have been times – this season and last – where the massive gamble of having a solitary striker in their squad has cost the Hammers.

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After the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as a new co-owner at West Ham, expectations are high going into the January window.

It is easy to see why too. After one of West Ham’s best ever starts to a Premier League season, the club is right in the mix to challenge for fourth spot in the Premier League and is through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

There is so much to play for and look forward to for West Ham. But a quality striker will be key to achieving success.

Frenchman Martial has been frozen out at Man United this season, making just two starts in 15 Premier League games and coming off the bench in five.

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Agent of rumoured West Ham striker target Anthony Martial makes move hopes clear ahead of January transfer window

The 26-year-old has only played 67 minutes of United’s Champions League campaign too, with his sole start in the competition coming in their away win against Villarreal.

Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley recently revealed his client wants out of Old Trafford next month (Sky Sports NewsBBC SportDaily Mail).

That gave West Ham great hope that what had seemed an unlikely deal was there to be done.

But Lamboley has reportedly told Sky Sports that Martial has a preference to move to Sevilla – currently second in La Liga – who are also said to be interested.

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According to the report, though, Sevilla are only interested in an initial loan deal.

So West Ham may be able to jump the queue by launching a big cash bid if Moyes is serious about Martial.

When speculation about West Ham’s interest in the Man United benchwarmer was first mooted, many fans scoffed.

But if, as his agent says, he wants to find a club where he will get more game time then you never know, West Ham could be in with a real shout.

There would also be question marks over whether he is the kind of character Moyes wants at the club. But there is no doubting Martial’s quality on his day.

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