Not many West Ham United fans would have heard of Cyle Larin until this week.
It is the worst kept secret in football that David Moyes wants to bring at least one new striker to West Ham this summer.
The transfer window opens in 10 days on June 9th.
And West Ham have already been linked with well over 10 strikers from Abdallah Sima to American powerhouse Daryl Dike who has shone on loan at Barnsley from MLS side Orlando City.
Hammers linked with Canadian striker Larin, here’s everything you need to know
Well now West Ham are being linked with Dike’s predecessor at Orlando – Canadian striker Cyle Larin, who is currently at Besiktas (TUM SPOR).
But what do we know about the latest forward supposedly on Moyes’s West Ham summer shortlist?
The first thing to mention is that the 26-year-old boasts an incredible scoring record in his career so far.
Larin’s talent was clear early on when he was snapped up by Orlando after just five games for Sigma in the Canadian Youth League where he scored a goal per game.
The West Ham target then maintained a scoring ratio of a goal every other game in MLS, notching 44 in 89 for Orlando over three seasons.
That earned him a move to Turkey with Besiktas. But it was not without controversy as Larin refused to train to force through a transfer – much like former West Ham star Dimitri Payet.
Incredible goalscoring record, good in the air and both footed – but could he cut it in the Prem?
At Besiktas Larin got off to a superb start with a four goals in his first four appearances after joining at the end of the 2017/18 season.
He struggled in the next campaign and managed just four in 22 – mostly as a sub.
Larin rediscovered his goalscoring touch on loan at Belgian side Zulte Waregem where he scored 10 at a ratio of one every three matches.
And last season proved to be the best yet for the West Ham striker target.
He returned to Besiktas and hit 23 goals in 45 games helping the Turkish club beat bitter rivals Galatasaray to the title on goal difference while also lifting the Turkish Cup.
And for Canada, Larin has four goals in two games in 2021 and 12 in 33 for the senior side.
The West Ham target was named an MLS all star as a 21-year-old in 2016 and Rookie of the Year the season before.
He is powerful, quick, both footed and good in the air.
But he has only played in MLS and Turkey.
At £9m Larin could prove a clever signing but only if Moyes is backed to snare a prime striker target too
So whether he could cut it up front for West Ham in the Premier League remains to be seen.
But West Ham boss Moyes has showed in the past he likes to take a chance on players from across the pond.
Tomasz Radzinski, Tim Howard, Joe-Max Moore, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan to name a few.
West Ham could sign Larin for just £9 million according to TUM SPOR.
If Larin was brought in as one of two new striker arrivals it could be a clever signing.
But West Ham fans will be expecting Moyes to be backed to sign one of his prime targets too.
Especially given injury-prone Michail Antonio is West Ham’s only senior forward going into what promises to be a busy campaign with European football added into the mix.
And here is the obligatory YouTube video – make of it what you will.