Trusted West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee has moved to calm down speculation suggesting Moussa Marega is on his way to East London.
Moussa Marega rumours
According to Portuguese media outlet A Bola (via Sport Witness), West Ham are on the verge of signing Marega. The Mali striker will not return to FC Porto after the African Cup of Nations and it is his dream to play Premier League football.
The report specifically rules out a move to Aston Villa and Wolves, stating that he will be moving to West Ham instead. The Hammers are reportedly offering €35m (just under £31.5m) for the 28-year-old, who netted 21 times last season.
EXWHUEmployee hushes speculation
As per any rumour that emerges about West Ham, fans take to Twitter to ask EXWHUEmployee about it. And the insider’s answer suggests that the reports in Portugal are wide of the mark.
EXWHUEmployee replied to a fan on Twitter and said: “He is a top target yes but a deal is no way at those stages. Other targets ahead of him.”
West Ham have been linked with a number of strikers and Marega is not the priority. Others, such as Maxi Gomez and Salomon Rondon, are the preferred options.
Is Moussa Marega the right fit?
West Ham need a new striker this summer. With Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez leaving, and doubt surrounding the future of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, this is a priority.
Marega has scored just under 50 goals in his last two seasons so he knows where the net is. The powerful striker is quick and strong which means he has the physical attributes to adapt to the Premier League.
But this is a big-money gamble for a player entering his late 20s. There are plenty of other younger and cheaper options around; perhaps West Ham will explore those first.