David Moyes has an exciting new prime striker target for West Ham who is a much better bet than Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
West Ham were linked with a shock £60m move for the Everton striker during the January transfer window.
That didn’t happen but The Sun has claimed West Ham could land Calvert-Lewin this summer for less than the original £60m quoted and will not be perturbed by his big wages.
A Hammers insider recently told Claret and Hugh that Moyes is planning to use his close contacts at Goodison Park to get a deal done for the 25-year-old Everton hitman.
But now Moyes has an exciting new prime striker target for West Ham who is a much better bet than Calvert-Lewin.
According to club insiders Claret and Hugh Moyes has switched attentions to 26-year-old Aston Villa hitman Ollie Watkins recently.
The world and its wife knows West Ham need at least one new striker this summer. One look at Michail Antonio’s dismal goalscoring record this year makes that abundantly clear.
The converted striker has scored just one Premier League goal in the last four months – on New Year’s Day. Indeed his only other goal in 2022 for West Ham came in a 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Southampton.
Everton may be eager to offload Calvert-Lewin to West Ham as they try to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules.
David Moyes has exciting new prime striker target for West Ham who is a much better bet than Dominic Calvert-Lewin
And the Toffees may have to accept a knockdown fee from the Hammers if Frank Lampard’s side are relegated.
Claret and Hugh claim that Watkins is now Moyes’s priority transfer target for West Ham this summer, though.
That’s despite Aston Villa having no intention of selling.
Watkins would be a much better bet than Calvert-Lewin for West Ham.
Moyes should have signed him instead of Said Benrahma from Brentford. He is quick, works ridiculously hard for the team and is a constant menace for opposing defenders.
Watkins is also exactly what West Ham need in front of goal – a clinical finisher. He has scored 25 goals in 69 games for Villa (Transfermarkt).
But it could be argued he would get even more in a West Ham team where he would be the main striker playing in a stronger side.