West Ham boss David Moyes will surely be keen to bolster his attacking options this month.
It could be argued that there are other positions in more urgent need of attention, but the addition of another established striker would go a long way to assuring the Hammers of Premier League survival this season.
And with this in mind, West Ham should go for Brentford hitman Ollie Watkins.
The 23-year-old was previously a winger, but has been converted into a centre-forward. And he has been in sensational form for the Bees this season.
Watkins has 18 goals in 27 Championship appearances to his name, and he is the division’s top scorer.
Just the man the Hammers need
The Brentford ace possesses all of the attributes that West Ham so desperately crave.
He has blistering pace, always plays off the shoulder of the last defender, and plays with a certain kind of intent and energy that would totally transform the Hammers’ attacking play.
Sky Sports claims that Brentford value Watkins at around £20 million, and in this day and age, that would represent excellent value for money for West Ham.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee also claimed that the Hammers are keen on signing the 23-year-old hitman:
We approached Watkins from Brentwood but they do not want to sell any of their players because their chairmen wants to mount a serious push for Premier League promotion https://t.co/2WcN3KyHza
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 2, 2020
Now, despite the suggestion that the Bees do not want to sell at the moment, their stance could very well change if West Ham submit an offer in the region of £20 million.
Although Watkins has no experience of Premier League football, he does seem to possess all of the skills required to be a success in England’s top flight.
And if the Hammers manage to bring him to the London Stadium this month, he could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the east London outfit.