West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has delivered a comprehensive update on the club’s striker hunt.
David Moyes is looking to sign at least one striker this summer after West Ham were left with injury prone Michail Antonio as their only senior forward following the sale of Sebastien Haller in January.
Moyes banked the £20m raised through Haller’s sale to spend on a striker this summer.
Hammers linked with plethora of strikers since Haller sale but some names have stuck
Predictably West Ham have been linked with a plethora of names ever since.
There are a clutch of targets who have been consistently linked with a potential move to the London Stadium.
West Ham fans are expectant over the club’s latest attempt to get a striker signing right.
Whoever West Ham move for will be the 50th senior striker signed for the first team by the club under co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
And speaking on the latest The West Ham Way podcast, Ex delivered a comprehensive update on the striker situation with the latest on three targets.
Insider delivers detailed update on West Ham striker hunt with latest on trio of targets
“As I’ve said repeatedly Tammy Abraham is the first choice,” the anonymous insider told The West Ham Way podcast.
“With him, again, there’s a lot of interest. Notably Aston Villa, I think Crystal Palace possibly – although I can’t see them paying the sort of fee that is wanted by Chelsea. At the moment Chelsea want around £40 million.
“We need to decide whether we think that’s an acceptable fee or not. I think we value him more at £25-30m – so we shall see what happens there but we are definitely keen on him.
“The other one is Sima, who is at our feeder club effectively (Slavia Prague)… We believe he’s got a lot of potential and also he’s from a club that we like dealing with.
‘There’s definite interest in Daka but nowhere near as down the line as reported’
“Another forward that got mentioned recently was (Patson) Daka. He was the top scorer in Austria for the Red Bull team (Salzburg)…
“At this point I don’t think he is joining West Ham. It’s still unknown what club they’re (Zambian journalists claiming he is bound for the Premier League).
“But I think Liverpool are in the mix and I think the Red Bull team in Germany (Leipzig) are in the mix and Chelsea possibly – although I’m not entirely sure they are – there’s a few clubs and I’m not sure we’ll be able to match those prices or we’d want to match those prices for him.
“There’s definite interest in him but I don’t think it’s anywhere near as down the line as the Zambian journalists would like you to believe.”
Moyes must decide who would be the best fit but in him we trust
Of those three Abraham is the stand out due to being somewhat proven in the Premier League.
There would be no settling in period – only to adjust to new teammates and West Ham’s style of play.
But many fans are excited by the prospect of Daka given his electrifying pace.
Sima looked good in the Europa League for Slavia – but he is more of a wide forward and has struggled this season.
After the season West Ham have just had and the brilliant recruitment from Moyes since his return to the club for a second spell, whoever he chooses the fans will have to trust and back his judgment.
Let’s hope the board do too.