West Ham are allegedly eyeing up a January move to sign Bayer Leverkusen hitman Patrik Schick.
That’s according to a report from Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato.
Hammers boss David Moyes has worked miracles since returning to the London Stadium in December 2019.
The work that he has done has been quite incredible. To have transformed West Ham into a top six Premier League side considering the fact that we were merely relegation fodder just two years ago is actually beyond miraculous when you think about it.
Moyes deserves huge credit, that goes without saying. That doesn’t mean that he is immune from criticism though.
The fact that the Scot hasn’t signed a striker after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January 2021 is just unacceptable.
I get that his main targets may have been unavailable but surely anyone would have been better than nobody at all?
What’s done is done though and what matters now is addressing the issue. It seems as though that’s exactly what Moyes is trying to do…
West Ham eyeing January Patrik Schick swoop
Calcio Mercato reckon that the Bayer Leverkusen ace is a genuine option for the Hammers this month.
And what an incredible signing the 25-year-old would be for West Ham.
The 33-capped Czech Republic international has bagged 18 goals in just 16 Bundesliga games so far this season (Transfermarkt).
He’s the second top scorer in the Bundesliga, ahead of Borussia Dortmund superstar in the making Erling Haaland and behind only Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski.
The Czech ace is absolutely perfect for the Hammers. He’s tall, strong, physical and is a hard worker. The fact that three of his fellow Czech Republic internationals are already at West Ham (Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Alex Kral) should work in our favour as well.
There is one big problem for the Hammers though.
Leverkusen want around £40 million for Schick if they are to sell him in the January transfer window (The Mirror).
That’s an awful lot of money but the West Ham owners will have to pay it if they genuinely want to compete with the very best.
Schick undoubtedly be a real hit at the London Stadium and seems to be tailor made for the robust and intense nature of Premier League football.
It’s still all up in the air though. We struggle to believe that West Ham will be willing to pay £40 million for one single player, certainly not in January.
Who knows though, perhaps the Hammers owners will surprise us all this month!