New report names bargain price Lille want for striker Jonathan David and it’s a no-brainer for West Ham ahead of the January window.
David Moyes knew he needed to bring another striker to West Ham in the summer.
The problem is despite talks with SEVEN different forwards he could not persuade any of them to play second fiddle to Michail Antonio.
A lack of competition is never good long term. And while Antonio has been brilliant – unplayable at times – for West Ham since being converted to a striker, when he is not at his best like against Wolves then it raises questions.
Moyes needs to find a striker who can perhaps offer something different to Antonio so that he can play alongside him.
And versatile Lille forward David would be ideal as he can operate wide as part of a front three.
Report names bargain price Lille want for striker Jonathan David and it is a no-brainer for West Ham
Not only that, according to The Guardian the Canadian striker is available for as little as £25m due to Lille’s financial problems, so price should not be an issue for West Ham either.
Transfer gossip columns linked West Ham – among others including Liverpool and Inter Milan – with a move for David in the summer.
And it is easy to see why.
The New York born 21-year-old scored just two goals in his first 25 games for Lille after joining from Gent – where he had scored 30 in 60 appearances.
A year ago yesterday, David’s fortunes changed, though, when he scored his first Lille goal.
He has not looked back since. If Moyes is interested in David then it’s clear that interest has been driven by his form since that goal back on November 22nd 2020.
David has hit 21 goals in 34 league games this year including a winner at PSG and a late double against Marseille, plus the opener in Lille’s win at Angers on the final day of last season.
All were crucial in helping the club pull off a shock title triumph.
His brace in the first nine minutes of Lille’s 2-2 draw at Monaco this weekend took his tally to 10 in the league this season, making the 21-year-old the leading scorer in France ahead of the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
“Lille will want a fee surpassing the £25m they paid for his services – this is increasingly likely to be David’s final season at Lille,” The Guardian reports.
It would be a no-brainer for Moyes and West Ham.
And 10 years Antonio’s junior, David could well be West Ham’s leading frontman for the present and future.