With just days remaining in the summer transfer window, West Ham could bring in one or two more players. According to reports in Switzerland, Albian Ajeti is a potential late summer addition.
Swiss media outlet Blick reports that West Ham are considering a bid for Ajeti. The Hammers are thinking about bidding 10 million Swiss Francs (roughly £8.5m) for the FC Basel striker. This is an offer that the Swiss Super League heavyweights could not refuse.
But West Ham will face competition from ex-manager Slaven Bilic, who wants Ajeti at West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies, who won their opening Championship game of the season, need some firepower to replace Dwight Gayle, Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez.
Where would Albian Ajeti fit in?
There is no doubting Ajeti’s ability to find the net. The 22-year-old has already scored twice in three games this season, adding to his tally of 21 goals in 43 games last season. With 43 goals and 21 assists in just under 100 appearances for Basel, Ajeti has proven his goalscoring prowess in Switzerland.
The youngster has also spent time in Germany in his short career but only made one senior appearance for Augsburg. He scored twice in six games for their reserve side before returning to Switzerland.
West Ham do need one more striker in their ranks to provide cover for Sebastian Haller and Javier Hernandez. Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Jordan Hugill have all departed this summer, leaving West Ham with just two senior strikers.
Michail Antonio can slot in as a centre-forward but he is better suited to the winger role. Ajeti would be West Ham’s third striker, allowing Antonio to return to the flank. But the 7-cap Switzerland international would need to adapt to English football to prove his worth to Manuel Pellegrini.