West Ham are one of four clubs watching Wolfsberger AC star Shon Weissman, according to a report by 90min.
Chelsea, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur have also watched Weissman in action this season. Premier League scouts have been impressed by the striker who has scored more goals than games played this season.
West Ham could be in the market for a new striker in January. With Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti the only two centre-forwards on West Ham’s books, there is a vacancy in the attacking department.
Who is Shon Weissman?
Weissman currently plays for Wolfsberger in the Austrian Bundesliga. After 10 games, Wolfsberger are third in the table and that is largely thanks to Weissman’s goals.
The Israel international only moved to Wolfsberger in the summer but he has struck a stunning 17 goals in 13 games. This tally includes 11 goals in nine league games and one goal in the Europa League.
Prior to his move to Austria, Weissman played for Maccabi Haifa in Israel. The 23-year-old netted nine times in 38 games for Maccabi Haifa but he has already eclipsed that total for Wolfsberger. He is following in the footsteps of Sevilla and Israel striker Manus Dabour – who made a name for himself in Austria before his big move.
Too similar to Albian Ajeti?
On paper, this sounds like an exciting deal. But any move for Weissman has the hallmarks of the Ajeti transfer. Ajeti moved to West Ham in the summer and it does not seem like Manuel Pellegrini is ready to give him first-team chances.
Weissman is very much in the Ajeti mould. Both players are below 6ft tall (Weissman is 5ft 9in) so neither is a target man. Both players have impressive track records in lesser European leagues but they are not proven in England.
If West Ham do move for a striker in January, he has to be thoroughly thought out. Ajeti was a risk but West Ham either needs a proven goalscorer, target man or a player with a distinct style. Unfortunately, it seems like Weissman and Ajeti would be incompatible in the same squad.