West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini looks short of striker options this season but did Wales provide the answer last night?

West Ham shipped out all five of last season’s first team strikers during the summer.

Record £45million signing Sebastien Haller came in and has proved a big hit so far.

But the Hammers are already overly reliant on the big Frenchman.

Pellegrini only has the unproven Albian Ajeti as back-up and he has failed to impress in two cup appearances so far.

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Help for Hammers hero Haller

Haller has become the focal point of everything West Ham do.

Not just for this goals and assists but his intelligent all round game, aerial ability, strength and hold-up play.

West Ham have a terrible injury record over the years.

So it would be naive to think they can rely on Haller to stay fit and firing all season.

Fellow Hammers site Claret & Hugh – which claims to have a top level source inside West Ham – recently suggested the club will not be active in the January transfer window.

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Wales star the perfect low cost, low risk signing for West Ham?

But they may not need to break the bank to sign someone who looks like the ideal back-up for Haller, 6ft 5in Kieffer Moore.

 

The much-travelled striker made his competitive international debut for Wales against Slovakia in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night.

And he put in a man of the match display as he scored a superb headed goal in a 1-1 draw.

The 27-year-old was a threat all game and looked Haller-esque with his hold-up and link play.

Moore joined Championship side Wigan in the summer but is yet to score for his new club.

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Ideal back-up for Pellegrini

Ryan Giggs can obviously see Moore’s quality, though. And his performance for Wales proved he can be a real threat with better quality players around him.

West Ham have had their fingers burned signing Championship strikers in the past, most recently Jordan Hugill.

But Moore would be a low risk, low cost signing. He would surely jump at the chance to join a Premier League club and would also be happy to play back-up to Haller.

Given the pair’s similarities West Ham would not have to adapt their game drastically if and when Haller is not available.

And with a surname like Moore, the forward would fit right in too.

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