West Ham United boss David Moyes has finally settled on a striker he wants to sign as back-up for Michail Antonio.
That’s according to a new report from The Sun.
West Ham’s lack of striker options has been a real area of concern for fans. Particularly given Michail Antonio’s injury record in previous seasons.
Those worries have been eased somewhat by Jarrod Bowen’s brilliant performances when filling in for Antonio this term.
West Ham need long-term back-up for main man Michail
But long-term West Ham need to find someone who can bring similar attributes to the party as Antonio.
Moyes recently admitted that his six month search for a striker to stand in for Antonio at West Ham proved fruitless in the summer (Independent).
But The Sun claims the Scot may have settled on Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo as the man to be West Ham’s back-up.
West Ham were linked with Bayo – who scored 22 goals as he helped Clermont get promoted to Ligue 1 last season – during the summer window.
Moyes may have settled on Bayo as striker target but could wait until summer – report
And The Sun claims Moyes is still interested. Although the West Ham manager may elect to wait until the summer to sign him as the Guinea international will be involved in the African Nations between January and February.
The Sun’s report claims West Ham could get the 23-year-old for £10 million.
It is easy to see why Moyes likes Bayo. The 6ft 1in powerhouse has taken to Ligue 1 like a duck to water, scoring four goals and laying on two assists in his first six games.
£10m looks a bargain for ‘clinical’ young forward
Bayo has a superb average match rating of nearly 7.5/10 (WhoScored.com).
He is described as a clinical finisher and has the pace and power that is needed to succeed in the Premier League.
Bayo would have no trouble settling in at West Ham given the club’s growing French and French speaking contingent comprised of Alphonse Areola, Issa Diop, Kurt Zouma, Arthur Masuaku and Said Benrahma.
And here is the obligatory YouTube video showcasing what Bayo would bring to the table if he came to West Ham.