West Ham United were dealt another blow in their hunt for a new striker yesterday.
David Moyes is desperate to sign at least one new forward this summer.
The Scot decided to sell Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January and bank the £20million to bring his own man to West Ham in this transfer window.
Another bitter striker pill to swallow for West Ham
West Ham have until August 31st to make signings and Claret and Hugh claim Moyes will not be doing any business until after the Euros.
But that looks risky business as West Ham’s striker options dwindled again yesterday with the news that Leicester will beat them to exciting forward Patson Daka.
Respected Italian football reporter Fabrizio Romano revealed Leicester are close to signing the rapid Red Bull Salzburg striker.
And Romano reiterated that the Foxes are also set to win the race for West Ham target Odsonne Edouard too.
Toney, Giroud, Arnautovic, Edouard and now Daka all crossed off the list but hope remains over duo
West Ham owner David Sullivan had ‘mandated agents’ to get a deal done for Edouard – a player Celtic man Moyes knows well (Football Insider).
But it seems Moyes will now have to cross the duo off his list along with the likes of Ivan Toney, Olivier Giroud and Bologna-bound Marko Arnautovic.
Hopes remains that West Ham might still be able to sign one of their two other prime targets Abdallah Sima or Tammy Abraham.
The problem with Abraham is that Chelsea value him at a reported £40m (The Telegraph). And that is way above West Ham’s budget – as Moyes admitted himself towards the end of the season.
Abraham and Sima have their own issues
When it comes to Sima, observers of Slavia Prague’s matches will know the Senegalese is not an out and out striker but is used more often as a wide forward. And make no mistake West Ham need an out and out striker.
There are others in the frame. Adam Hlozek and Adam Armstrong are two names regularly linked.
But West Ham fans excited by the prospect of signing Hlozek would do well to remember Albian Ajeti had a similar hype surrounding him when the Hammers signed him for £8.5m.
And at £25m, Armstrong would represent a big risk.
While it may seem West Ham have plenty of time to get deals done, that does not seem to be stopping their rivals Leicester and Aston Villa who are getting strong business done nice and early.