David Moyes wants to get his Red Bull model back on track by signing forward Noah Okafor but is running a big World Cup risk.

West Ham have reportedly lodged an enquiry for Red Bull Salzburg attacker Noah Okafor ahead of the January transfer window.

Tutto Mercato Web claim that the Austrian side will demand around €35 million (£30 million) from West Ham for the 22-year-old forward, who is also said to interest Arsenal.

It’s clear to see that David Moyes failed by not bringing in two strikers in the summer.

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Michail Antonio will soon be 33 and his form fell off a cliff a year ago. And West Ham already needed a striker before selling Sebastien Haller and taking 18 months to replace him with Gianluca Scamacca.

After showing early promise, the Italian forward has struggled and is feeding off scraps playing up front on his own in Moyes’ ineffective system.

Okafor is a hugely exciting transfer target for West Ham if the reports are true.

He has been in fine form for RB Salzburg so far this season, with 10 goals and two assists to his name in 22 outings (Transfermarkt).

Okafor already has 34 goals and 20 assists in his first 100 career games as well as two in nine appearances for Switzerland.

Moyes has made it clear ever since returning to West Ham that he wants to implement his own version of the Red Bull recruitment model in east London.

The West Ham boss wants to sign young, talented players who are not yet on the radar of the elite – often from the Championship or lesser leagues – who are hungry to prove themselves at the top level.

It worked ever well in his first few windows back at West Ham.

But Moyes has moved away from the model that was serving him well with some strange signings such as 28-year-old Emerson Palmieri when it is clear the Hammers needed a young, pacy, modern replacement for Aaron Cresswell.

Thilo Kehrer too looks a questionable signing having already had a big move to PSG and failed.

You could argue that one of the signings most in line with the Red Bull recruitment model in the summer has been the best – Flynn Downes.

Now Moyes wants to get his Red Bull model back on track by signing forward Okafor but he runs a big World Cup risk.

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What better way to emulate the Red Bull model than snapping up the most promising talents in their system?

But perhaps Moyes should have moved for Okafor in the summer. Because the fleet-footed attacker, who can play up front, as a second striker or out wide, could emerge as one of the stars of the Qatar World Cup having been named in the Switzerland squad.

The Swiss did well in the Euros last summer and are being tipped to shine again.

If Okafor impresses on the biggest stage there may well be grander suitors than West Ham for his services.

One thing is for sure West Ham need more options and more firepower. Most Premier League clubs operate with at least four forwards in their first team squad.

And the Hammers have scored just 12 goals all season, the joint second worst in the entire top flight.


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