West Ham’s top target before the Thursday deadline is Albian Ajeti. According to The London Evening Standard, West Ham are in discussions over a move for FC Basel striker Ajeti but face competition from Brentford.
The Championship club, who are based in West London, want Ajeti to lead the line next season. Brentford’s top scorer Neal Maupay has completed a move to Brighton and Hove Albion, meaning the Bees need a new striker.
But Ajeti prefers a move to West Ham. Despite Brentford’s interest, the 22-year-old is said to be holding out for a move to the Premier League this summer. And another report suggests Brentford are looking elsewhere.
Brentford look elsewhere
According to Sky Sports News, Brentford are looking at Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor. The report suggests that Ajeti was a target but the deal is “difficult” due to his desire to play Premier League football.
Taylor, whose goals fired Charlton to promotion last season, scored on the opening day of the season and is one of several strikers being targeted by Brentford. This suggests that Thomas Frank’s men are not confident of landing Ajeti and it clears a path for West Ham to swoop.
Albian Ajeti to conclude West Ham’s business?
West Ham are on the cusp of signing Goncalo Cardoso as their final central defensive addition. If Ajeti follows Cardoso through the door, that could conclude a summer of spending for the Hammers.
Two goalkeepers – Roberto and David Martin – have joined, as well as two marquee players in Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller. Cardoso completes the defensive ranks while Ajeti would bulk out the attacking options.
But West Ham possibly need one more defensive midfielder to compete and cover for Declan Rice. Carlos Sanchez does not inspire confidence but West Ham’s limited budget suggests they are limited to loans or free transfers.