Hwang Ui-Jo has suggested that West Ham United have made a bid for his services, along with French side Nantes.
We covered a report earlier today claiming that the Hammers could sign the 29-year-old Bordeaux striker for around £7 million this summer.
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West Ham manager David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium before the start of the new season.
Michail Antonio has been West Ham’s only striker for the past 18 months after Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January 2021.
That quite clearly isn’t good enough for a club with our supposed lofty ambitions and Moyes is obviously trying to address the current lack of depth in the centre-forward department.
The Hammers have been linked with moves to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja and Sassuolo hitman Gianluca Scamacca.
But it’s seemingly Hwang Ui-Jo who is the closest to actually moving to the London Stadium.
Hwang Ui-Jo opens up on West Ham bid
The 29-capped South Korea international seems destined to leave Bordeaux this summer.
The French club have already rejected a £4 million bid for the striker from MLS side Minnesota United according to a report from L’Equipe.
It seems as though Hwang Ui-Jo could be West Ham bound though.
The 29-year-old sat down and spoke with Girondins4Ever about bids being lodged for his services:
“I’m waiting. Nothing has been decided yet. There will be more details to give you depending on the club’s financial situation, at Bordeaux. It’s true that offers have arrived from Nantes and from West Ham United too.”
That’s very interesting indeed.
We have to say, if the South Korean is the only striker that David Moyes brings to the London Stadium, the fans will be up in arms, and rightly so.
However, if he is signed in addition to an elite centre-forward like Armando Broja or Gianluca Scamacca, then we’ll be more than happy with that.
The 29-year-old is a decent, hard-working forward and he bagged 11 goals and two assists in 32 Ligue 1 outings last season (Transfermarkt).
The South Korean can operate anywhere along the front-line – something that will undoubtedly appeal to David Moyes.
The Bordeaux ace is a very decent player and would be a very useful option for Moyes to have at his disposal throughout what will be a long and physically punishing campaign ahead.
And if West Ham have indeed made a bid for Hwang Ui-Jo, it might not be too long before we see him playing in the Claret and Blue.
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