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West Ham expected to make £8.5 million bid for Alberth Elis - report
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West Ham expected to make £8.5 million bid for Alberth Elis - report

West Ham are expected to make a bid of around £8.5 million for Boavista striker Alberth Elis according to a report from A Bola.

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There is still plenty of time left before the summer transfer window slams shut.

The fact that David Moyes appears to be nowhere near close to bringing a striker to the London Stadium, however, is a real concern.

After West Ham sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January, the east London outfit were linked with a whole host of centre-forwards.

No concrete bids have been made as yet, however. And if there have been, we don’t know about them.

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Perhaps there could be something happening very soon, however.

West Ham to make Alberth Elis bid?

A Bola claims that Boavista are bracing themselves for a €10 million (£8.5 million) bid from the Hammers for the 25-year-old hitman.

Now, the 45-capped Honduras international isn’t an out and out striker. He is actually a winger by trade, although he can operate through the middle as a centre-forward.

Elis was in fine form for Boavista last season. He racked up eight goals and seven assists in 31 league games (Transfermarkt).

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The Honduran possesses blistering pace and plays with a certain kind of directness that could make him a real asset for West Ham. £8.6 million for the Boavista man seems like decent value.

He has acquired the nickname ‘the panther’ after donning a Black Panther mask on numerous occasions after scoring.

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There would be no guarantees that he would acclimatise to the demands of Premier League football of course. He does have all of the basic ingredients needed to succeed in the English game, however.