West Ham United are in hot pursuit of new strikers in this window.
Manuel Pellegrini has made forwards and midfielders his key priority after sorting West Ham’s goalkeeping situation early on in the window.
The Hammers have been linked with a host of strikers.
West Ham wasted little time clearing space for new arrivals. Andy Carroll was released while Lucas Perez was sold to Alaves.
Same names mentioned consistently
But several names have been mentioned consistently for some time now.
Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez has reportedly been West Ham’s prime target since January (Evening Standard).
The deal has been the subject of much speculation with claims and counter claims about the likelihood of West Ham pulling off a deal for the Uruguyan.
Porto striker Moussa Marega is said to be West Ham’s Plan B should the move for Gomez fail.
West Ham ‘concretely positioned’ for Marega
And a new report from France claims the East Londoners are ahead of Marseille in the queue. Foot Mercato says West Ham are ‘concretely positioned’ for the powerful striker.
The French outlet reports that Ligue 1 side Marseille have made contact over the availability of 28-year-old Marega, who is well known to new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Marega the Gomez Plan B?
Foot Mercato claims Marseille have been told other clubs, including West Ham, are ahead of them for the £25million star because they have ‘positioned themselves more concretely for the player’.
West Ham are looking to build a younger, hungry team around the likes of Issa Diop and Declan Rice.
At 22, Gomez fits that policy. Marega meanwhile turns 29 next season. So West Ham would be lucky to get two or three years out of at the top level.