There has been a major Darwin Nunez twist for West Ham today as reports make new claims over a summer move for the striker.
Signing a quality striker is right at the top of the agenda for both David Moyes at West Ham this summer.
Moyes has Michail Antonio as West Ham’s only serious senior striker option and has failed to get a forward signed in the last two and a half windows.
If there was any doubt West Ham needed at least one new striker this summer, Antonio has been doing his level best to convince the manager having not scored a Premier League goal since New Year’s Day.
The Portuguese club were said to be willing to do business with West Ham at a set price. But the move was complicated by agents according to previous reports.
Speculation has been rife since that West Ham will move again for the Uruguayan when the summer window opens in June.
The Evening Standard report that Nunez is Moyes’s prime target this summer.
And West Ham’s chances of getting a deal done may have been given a major boost.
Last week Nunez announced he is cutting ties with his current agent and will be represented by an associate of super agent Jorge Mendes instead.
Following the announcement, transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano suggested it was partly as a result of the Benfica striker’s failed West Ham move in January.
Romano also claims the agent change is a clear indication Nunez intends to leave Benfica in the summer.
The intriguing announcement came after respected European football expert Andy Brassell claimed he can see Nunez moving to West Ham this summer (talkSPORT).
But there has been a major Nunez twist for West Ham as reports make new claims over his potential summer move.
That’s after The Athletic claimed mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain are now among the leading contenders for Nunez, who will go for as much as £60m.
The 22-year-old Uruguayan has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season.
The Athletic report that the West Ham target will become a prime target for PSG should Kylian Mbappe leave and a move for Erling Haaland fall through.
“The Athletic has established that while many clubs have been credited with an interest, at this point the three front-runners for his signature are regarded as being Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain,” The Athletic reports.
“Benfica are open to a sale, with his price anticipated to be around €70 million, and initial conversations are expected to conclude in the coming weeks as the Portuguese club would ideally like a deal concluded early in the window so a replacement can be sought.”
Romano then doubled down on The Athletic’s claim, reporting that Nunez will definitely leave Benfica in the summer – but for an even higher price – amid interest from a host of clubs including West Ham following their failed January move.
“Darwin Nunez will leave Benfica in the summer, fee around €80m (£65m),” Romano said on Twitter.
“His new agent will now meet with many top clubs to explore opportunities.
“Man United already discussed his name internally – Arsenal wanted him last January as West Ham but Darwin was not for sale.”
If PSG are leading the chase it is clear West Ham may have to admit defeat and look elsewhere.
But Moyes will not want failure to land players to become a recurring theme at West Ham after he revealed he thought he had Luis Diaz signed in January only for Liverpool to swoop and beat the Hammers to the superstar Colombian.