West Ham United’s search for a striker signing has been narrowed down with three forwards struck off David Moyes’s shortlist this weekend.
It is football’s worst kept secret that Moyes needs at least one new forward.
West Ham simply cannot go into a new season with European football having injury-prone Michail Antonio as their only striker.
The Hammers have been linked with a plethora of forwards over the last few months.
Moyes shortlist narrows as three reported targets look to be struck off
But the same names have consistently been mentioned including Ivan Toney, Tammy Abraham, Adam Hlozek, Abdallah Sima, Adam Armstrong and Patson Daka.
But three of those names appear to have been cut from West Ham’s shortlist this weekend.
Toney helped Brentford to promotion to the Premier League in the playoff final. And that ends West Ham’s chances of signing a player who is now not for sale.
Abraham once again could not even make Chelsea’s squad, this time for the Champions League final.
Toney, Hlozek and Abraham looking unlikely as Moyes focus turns elsewhere
And given his lack of game time – and the clear lack of belief in him from Thomas Tuchel, it is extremely unlikely West Ham would be willing to meet Chelsea’s supposed £40m asking price.
Over in the Czech Republic, reported target Adam Hlozek celebrated scoring four goals for Sparta Prague by signing a new long-term contract.
Now West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh have dropped a big hint that all roads lead to Senegalese star Sima instead.
“West Ham are becoming more attracted to their Czech strike option in Abdallah Sima given the quoted price for Tammy Abraham,” Claret and Hugh claim.
All roads lead to Sima claims Hammers insider
“Although the Hammers have around £35 million set aside for a top striker the Abraham option looks too pricey – IF CORRECT – by anybody’s standards.
“And at 19 years old and coming with a Soucek/Coufal recommendation Sima looks to be very much on their Irons mind right now.”
Other strikers reportedly being considered by West Ham are Odsonne Edouard, Youssef En-Nesyri and Marko Arnautovic.