West Ham United have reportedly been told to pay at least £20 million for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz.
That’s according to a report from Football League World who claim that the 23-year-old striker is wanted by Wolves and West Ham this summer.
Moyes has already brought Gianluca Scamacca to the London Stadium, but the addition of a versatile forward who can play where along the front-line wouldn’t go a miss.
And it seems as though reports linking the Hammers with the Chile international will come to an end this summer, one way or another…
West Ham told fee needed for Brereton Diaz
Football League World claim that the Hammers will have to pay £20 million if we want to sign the 23-year-old Blackburn forward this summer and we could face strong competition from Wolves.
We like the idea of Moyes signing Brereton Diaz as a back up for Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio. We just think that £20 million is slightly excessive.
The 23-year-old has really impressed since the start of the 2021/22 campaign and he seems to have reached another level entirely for Blackburn.
The Chile international has bagged 22 goals in 37 Championship games (Transfermarkt). Diaz actually went nine games without scoring after the new year but made up for that with a couple of goals in Blackburn’s final four games of the season.
Brereton Diaz is a hard working striker and standing at 6ft 1in tall, he’s big and strong as well.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray recently raved about the Chile international, as quoted by Lancs Live:
“Brereton with the ball at his feet is an extraordinary talent. He’s a wonderful footballer who can dribble with both feet, take people out of the game.”
After struggling during the early years of his career, it seems as though he has received a real confidence boost from being included in the Chile squad.
As mentioned earlier, we’d be more than happy if West Ham signed Brereton Diaz this summer. £20 million is just too much money to be spending on someone who would be third-choice this season though.