Three years after rejected the chance to sign him, West Ham want Wissam Ben Yedder again. Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 10th July), reliable insider EXWHUEmployee named Ben Yedder as a target.
West Ham are exploring alternative striker targets after missing out on Maxi Gomez. There are several names on their wishlist, including Sebastian Haller and Moussa Marega.
But Ben Yedder is a new name on West Ham’s wishlist this summer. The East London club could reignite their 2016 interest in Ben Yedder, despite rejecting him back then.
Bilic and Sullivan reject Ben Yedder
In summer 2016, West Ham made Ben Yedder a target. But both David Sullivan and then-manager Slaven Bilic had reservations about his physicality.
Standing at just 5ft 7in tall, Ben Yedder was deemed too small for the Hammers. Instead, West Ham decided to sign Simone Zaza, who failed to score a single goal during his time in England.
But West Ham appear to have had a change of heart and have looked at Ben Yedder again. He has since moved from Toulouse to Sevilla and has been thriving in Spain.
Ben Yedder since 2016
Ben Yedder has just completed yet another excellent campaign in Spain. He scored 30 goals in all competitions for the La Liga club last season, taking his total tally to 70 goals in 138 games across three years for Sevilla.
The France international is an undoubted goal threat despite his physical limitations. Having scored 71 in 174 from Toulouse prior to his move to Spain, he clearly has the ability to score the goals that West Ham crave.
But the 28-year-old is a very different style of striker to other targets (Gomez, Haller, etc.). Will West Ham decide he is too similar to Javier Hernandez and reject him for his size again?
Or is it time for West Ham to sign a proven goalscorer regardless of his physical frame. With Ben Yedder and Hernandez, West Ham would have two diminutive strikers but both know how to score goals.