West Ham are keen to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in the January transfer window according to a report from Record (print edition November 30th, page 4).
Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to sign a new centre-forward in January.
The Scot needs to bring in more competition and cover for Michail Antonio as a matter of urgency.
West Ham’s hopes of finishing inside the top four this season will depend heavily on whether or not Moyes manages to bring a top-class centre-forward to the London Stadium in January.
And it seems as though the Hammers boss has his eye on one striker in particular.
West Ham chasing Benfica ace ahead of January transfer window
Record claims that Benfica hitman Darwin Nunez is on the Hammers’ radar.
The Uruguay international has been in fine form in Portugal this season with 11 goals in 16 games for Benfica to his name (Transfermarkt).
His release clause stands at a massive €150 million (£130 million) according to Record.
Benfica may well let him go for a lot less than that though. AC Milan are interested in signing the 22-year-old as well and claims that €40 million (£34 million) could be enough to prise him away from the Portuguese giants (AC Milan Info).
Nunez’s playing style is quintessentially South American.
He is a tenacious presser, plays with real physicality and has real technical ability.
He seems to be ideally suited for the Premier League what with its intense and robust nature.
If West Ham can pick Nunez up for somewhere around £30 million in January it will be an absolute no-brainer. Whether Benfica will be willing to sell him for that kind of fee remains to be seen, however.