According to a report from ESPN, West Ham United have made an offer to sign Junior Firpo from Barcelona permanently.

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The Hammers are not prepared to offer the 24-year-old guaranteed first-team football, however (ESPN).

David Moyes will be prioritising a move to sign a new centre-forward this month.

That should not distract the Scot from trying to add a new left-back / left wing-back to his ranks before the transfer window slams shut, however.

Arthur Masuaku has been out for around a month following knee surgery. The 27-year-old is not due back for another 6-8 weeks either.

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Junior Firpo (Photo by Franco Romano/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

West Ham to swoop in for Junior Firpo?

The Democratic Republic of Congo international ace’s absence means that Moyes cannot utilise his favoured 5-2-3 formation.

Barcelona ace Junior Firpo would be just the man to solve that particular issue.

 

ESPN claims that the Hammers have contracted Barcelona to tell them that they are prepared to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent deal.

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Junior Firpo (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

There will be no guarantees to the player, however, regarding regular first-team action (ESPN).

The 24-year-old who Barca signed from Real Betis for £16.2 million in the summer of 2019 (The Sun), can play both the left-back and left wing-back positions.

He has been described as an outstanding player who excels in 1v1’s, both from an attacking and a defensive perspective (Total Football Analysis). He has also been compared to legendary left-backs Roberto Carlos and Marcelo (La Liga Analysis).

The Spaniard is exactly the kind of player Moyes should be looking to sign.

West Ham really should be going all out to get this one done. Let’s just hope that ESPN’s report has some substance.

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