It is perhaps the worst kept secret in football that West Ham United are looking to sign a striker in the summer.
West Ham are desperate to sign a new forward in the next window after another injury-plagued campaign for Michail Antonio.
David Moyes has been consistently linked with a number of forwards including Tammy Abraham, Ivan Toney, Abdallah Sima, Adam Hlozek, Adam Armstrong, Youssef En-Nesyri and Odsonne Edouard.
Antonio back with a bang after surprise return to Hammers side
West Ham were given a huge boost when Antonio made a surprise return to the team and scored a brace in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday night.
Moyes sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January – taking a £25m loss on the £45m flop.
The Scot elected to bank the money for the summer rather than sign another forward.
But speaking on Sky Sports’s Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher explained the big dilemma West Ham and Moyes face when it comes to bringing in that new striker.
Carragher explains big dilemma facing Moyes over summer striker hunt
“Antonio is one of those players in the Premier League, I love watching him play I really do,” Carragher said on MNF.
“I think the other players in the West Ham team love playing with him. I’ve said this before, he’s always one of those players who, if you’re an owner or even the supporters of West Ham you think ‘Can we buy someone who is maybe a level higher?’
“And I think you buy these players and they don’t quite give you what he brings. Not just the goals, the energy as well.
“He’s a handful as a centre forward and certainly, from my point of view, he’s not someone you’d want to play against and he brings goals as well.”
Carragher makes a salient point.
Moyes must essentially find Antonio mark two
It is clear West Ham must sign a forward. Antonio makes the team tick but he spends too much time in the treatment room and that may only get worse as he gets older.
But getting the right character with that workrate, energy, power and drive is vital.
In terms of the list of candidates from those being linked Toney, Sima and En-Nesyri stand out as having those attributes. And there is an argument for Abraham too.
Wanting a player and actually getting him are two very different things, though.
It will be exciting to see what Moyes comes up with.