Talks are allegedly underway between West Ham and Stade de Reims regarding the possible transfer of Hugo Ekitike to the London Stadium.
That’s according to claims from Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.
West Ham boss David Moyes desperately needs to sign a new forward before the January transfer window closes.
Michail Antonio cannot be relied upon to be our only option through the middle between now and the end of the season.
Our hopes of finishing inside the top six this season depend heavily on Moyes’s ability to sign a top-class forward over the next three days.
And it seems as though the Hammers are intent on getting a quality attacker through the door before deadline day…
West Ham in talks to sign Hugo Ekitike
The 19-year-old Reims attacker is firmly on the Hammers’ radar. With Moyes in desperate need of more firepower up front, Ekitike would be a really smart addition for West Ham.
And in fact, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie suggested that talks are already underway to bring him to the London Stadium…
Moyes should be going all out for him, he really is an unbelievably talented young player.
Ekitike possesses blistering pace and has quite incredible movement. He is a defender’s nightmare. The Reims ace is a very good finisher as well.
In 20 games so far this season, the exciting teenager has bagged eight goals and four assists (Transfermarkt).
He is fairly slight, however, so may struggle to adapt to the intense nature of Premier League football. That will be the only concern that West Ham have about signing him.
Really though, that should not be a worry for the Hammers. He will naturally fill out and bulk up as he gets older.
Ekitike is very similar to a young Thierry Henry. If he goes on to enjoy even half the success that the former Arsenal and Barcelona man did then he will be a seriously good signing for whichever club wins the race for his signature.
And judging by Keith Downie’s claim, West Ham could very well be that club.
Reims want around €40 million (£34 million) for Ekitike (News In 24), however. So whether the Hammers are willing to meet that valuation remains to be seen.