David Moyes may finally have found a striker he wants to bring to West Ham United but there’s a problem.
West Ham’s lack of striker options was brought sharply into focus at Southampton on Saturday.
Newly crowned Premier League player of the month Michail Antonio looked like a man who had flown 10,500 miles and played on a rock hard pitch during the international break.
And when he was ‘stupidly’ – as Moyes put it – sent off late on West Ham’s lack of a back-up forward became abundantly clear if it wasn’t already.
Especially as the realisation dawned that the Hammers will be facing Man United without their only striker next Sunday.
West Ham boss Moyes admitted in his pre-Saints press conference that his six month search for a striker to stand-in for Antonio at West Ham proved fruitless (Independent).
West Ham fans were already seriously concerned about lack of back-up to Antonio given his injury record and the added workload this season with Europa League football.
Now Moyes will have an early chance to work on his theory that West Ham ‘can find other ways to score’ when Antonio doesn’t play.
After saying there were no strikers around he wanted to – or could – sign, Moyes has now been linked with a new name – Leon Boyd (Belfast Live).
The problem is he’s only 15 – and four other Premier League clubs also want him.
Boyd is described as a ‘versatile forward who can play in a number of positions across the frontline, is pacy, tricky and boasts an eye for goal’.
And according to Belfast Live, West Ham boss Moyes wants to bring the Northern Ireland teen to the club from Linfield.
West Ham are said to be ‘closely monitoring’ the talented 15-year-old.
Boyd turns 16 in December and has impressed at youth level for Linfield and made his debut for Northern Ireland U17s in the summer.
He has already tasted some senior football at Linfield, though. And that has apparently alerted West Ham and four other Prem clubs.