Exclusive new West Ham transfer claim involving Premier League rivals Aston Villa simply does not add up as transfer window gets underway.
It is that time of year again, the January transfer window is open and the tittle tattle has begun in earnest.
According to an exclusive from Football Insider, West Ham are planning a move for Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi.
The 26-year-old Dutch international has struggled for game time at Villa this season.
And Football Insider claims a West Ham source has told them that El Ghazi is on David Moyes’s radar as they look to sign a forward player.
“Manager David Moyes is said to regard El Ghazi as capable of spearheading the attack down the middle as well as playing out wide, where he operates for Steven Gerrard’s time,” Football Insider claims.
It is one of football’s worst kept secrets that West Ham are looking to sign a striker in January.
Exclusive new West Ham transfer claim involving Premier League rival simply does not add up
It has been one year since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax and they have been almost entirely reliant on Michail Antonio ever since.
Football Insider may well have strong sources.
But the El Ghazi exclusive simply does not add up.
West Ham need an out and out forward, someone capable of leading the line and linking the play.
And El Ghazi does not – on the face of it – fit that mould. Perhaps Moyes sees something others don’t.
In fairness during his very limited game time this season, El Ghazi – who is good friends with Cristiano Ronaldo – has been very economical.
In six starts for Villa spread across the league and League Cup, the reported West Ham target has three goals and three assists.
El Ghazi scored 10 goals in 17 starts for Villa last season too.
That was his best return since the 2015/16 season with Ajax.
El Ghazi is a tricky winger-cum-wide forward with pace. But West Ham already have Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, Nikola Vlasic, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and even Antonio who can play as wide forwards.
Surely Moyes wants a more conventional out-and-out striker, a goal-getter.
The Scot also made a big statement by pushing to appoint Rob Newman as head of recruitment.
The former Man City man is charged with finding untapped talent so it is hard to believe El Ghazi would be on any of those lists.
With the window open West Ham and Villa fans won’t have to wait too long to find out if the story has legs.