The January transfer window is just over seven weeks away but it seems West Ham are planning to be active.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side started the season in fine form.
Widely tipped to push for a top six place – and even top four at one stage – everything seemed rosy in the West Ham garden.
But in typical Hammers style it things appear to have gone belly-up before they ever really got going.
No wins in six, injuries to key players and a squad being exposed each week as seriously lacking strength in depth in key areas.
Not to mention a daunting run of fixtures which includes three London derbies against Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal interspersed by tough looking trips to Wolves and Burnley, this Saturday.
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Record signing Sebastien Haller has cut an increasingly isolated, tired and frustrated figure of late. And Pellegrini has an embarrassing lack of alternatives with Haller the only proven forward on the club’s books.
It appears West Ham are planning to do something to fix that in January, though.
That’s according to reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee.
Speaking on The West Ham Way radio show 157 on Phoenix FM on Wednesday night, ExWHUemployee listed a number of striker targets the club is looking at ahead of the January window.
Olivier Giroud and Mbwana Samatta were both mentioned as was Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
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So who is En-Nesyri, and is he any good?
Well the connection here is Malaga. It was there the 22-year-old Morocco international played while West Ham transfer chief Mario Husillos was director of football.
En-Nesyri scored just five goals in 38 games for Malaga over two seasons before joining Leganes. There he has netted nine in 31 appearances.
But this season he has scored only once in nine appearances as Leganes sit bottom of the table, already six points adrift of safety.
An in-depth scouting report on the 6ft forward from Football Owl earlier this year paints En-Nesyri in a positive light, though.
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“His big breakthrough started in the beginning of 2019,” Football Owl states.
“In five games, En-Nesyri contributed to eight goals, and topped it off with a sensational hat trick. The three goals showed his natural talent to find the net. One with a sublime touch to control from a corner to finish, and two after beating the offside trap and dribbling with pace.
“The striker is a tall player, standing at 183cm, and so he is able to provide an aerial threat. En-Nesyri’s stats show he wins 5.9 aerials per game – the third best in La Liga at the time. The 21-year-old takes a high number of shots – 2.7 shots per game.”
That last sentence will be music to the ears of West Ham fans. Supporters have grown increasingly agitated with their team’s reluctance to shoot this season, with the players seeming to want to walk the ball into the net each time they attack.
West Ham have the worst record in the Premier League when it comes to scoring from outside the box with Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick against Manchester United being the Hammers’ solitary goal from distance.
How much relegation certs Leganes would want for the striker remains to be seen.
But his lack of goals and their perilous league position could mean West Ham get a cheap deal.
And that probably tells its own story as to why the Hammers are in for him in the first place.
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