West Ham are fighting Everton for forward dubbed the Georgian Messi and he’ll only cost £13m according to new reports.
It is one of the worst kept secret in football that West Ham need and are looking to sign a forward in January.
And with Rafa Benitez taking over Everton transfer duties following the departure of Marcel Brands, the Toffees are on the hunt too.
Well according to an exclusive new report, West Ham are fighting Everton for an exciting forward dubbed the Georgian Messi – Rubin Kazan’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
The 20-year-old can play anywhere across the front line and has earned comparisons with Messi due to the distinctive similarities between his movements with the ball at his feet and that of the football great.
Kvaratskhelia is also called Rubin’s dazzling tiny dancer which will give West Ham and Everton fans an idea of style and frame.
West Ham fighting Everton for forward dubbed the Georgian Messi and he’ll only cost £13m
According to Football Insider, West Ham are looking to beat Everton to the forward and have already made an approach for Kvaratskhelia ahead of the January window.
The player has produced some electrifying and eye-catching displays for club and country so it is easy to see why the Hammers and Toffees are both interested. He has five goals in 12 games for Georgia – which is no easy feat considering their standing as minnows in world football.
Indeed it is believed he seriously caught the attentions of Moyes and Benitez when he scored both goals in Georgia’s 2-0 win over Sweden last month.
A “recruitment source” told Football Insider that West Ham have enquired about what it would take to lure Kvaratskhelia next month.
And the Hammers were told as little as £13m could seal the deal.
Given Kvaratskhelia boasts explosive speed, directness and sublime dribbling ability he would seem the perfect weapon for the Premier League.
The only question mark would be over his physicality.
Everton actually have far more strike power at their disposal than West Ham. David Moyes has been operating with converted winger Michail Antonio as his only forward for the last year.
Everton meanwhile have the excellent Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin – when fit – as well as Salomon Rondon, Cenk Tosun and young Anthony Gordon in reserve.
That’s not to mention the likes of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend who can operate as wing forwards too.
So one would think West Ham would be favourites to land Kvaratskhelia as they would be able to offer him the possibility of more game time at the London Stadium.
West Ham need an alternative to Antonio rather than a like-for-like replacement.
So fans should not be overly concerned over Kvaratskhelia’s lack of physical prowess. Speed kills in the Premier League and he has plenty of it.
This is a name that many will not be aware of and ticks all the boxes in terms of Moyes’s recruitment philosophy at West Ham.
Particularly given the fact the West Ham boss hired Rob Newman as head of recruitment to unearth gems before they become famous.