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Big blow for West Ham as Manchester City allegedly ready £17m January bid for 'special' 21-year-old

West Ham face a real battle on our hands now with Manchester City ready to bid £17 million for one of David Moyes’s key January targets.

The Hammers boss is desperate to bring a proven goalscorer to the London Stadium this month.

One name to have been consistently linked with a move to West Ham since the summer is Julian Alvarez of River Plate (El Intrasigente and Ole).

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Manchester City could represent a real problem for us, however.

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Calcio Mercato claims that Man City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the talented 21-year-old Argentinian ace to the Etihad in January.

And Manchester City are allegedly prepared to meet his £17 million release clause.

Blow for West Ham with Manchester City in for Alvarez in January

The 21-year-old River Plate hitman would have been the ideal signing for Hammers boss David Moyes this month.

The Argentinian youngster is a truly sensational striker. He was recently described as a ‘special, special talent’ by the Birmingham Mail.

Alvarez was in fabulous form for River Plate this season. He bagged 24 goals and 18 assists in 46 games for his club (Transfermarkt).

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He possesses blistering pace, is strong in the air and on the ground and plays with typical Argentinian heart and passion.

Alvarez is great at driving at opposing defenders. He averaged 2.1 successful dribbles per game this season. He is also very creative. Not only did he bag 18 assists but he made 2.1 key passes per game on average as well (Who Scored).

In other words, he’s the absolutely perfect signing for David Moyes and would slot into the current West Ham team seamlessly.

With Manchester City ready to meet the Argentinian starlet’s release clause though, the Hammers’ hopes of signing him may well already be over.

That is a real shame. Alvarez will undoubtedly go on to become a top-class, elite player under Pep Guardiola at Man City.

Hopefully Moyes softens the blow of missing out on the 21-year-old by bringing in another quality striker this month. Because without another forward, there is absolutely no way that we will qualify for the Champions League this season.

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