West Ham are showing interest in signing Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo according to a report from Het Belang van Limburg (print edition, July 15th, page 26).

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Hammers boss David Moyes is well-known to be searching for at least one new striker this summer.

The Scot desperately needs to add more quality cover and competition for Michail Antonio.

We have to say though, West Ham signing Ike Ugbo from Chelsea would be somewhat of a strange move.

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Unless he is brought to the London Stadium in addition to a marquee signing.

West Ham signing Ike Ugbo makes little sense

The 22-year-old has spent the last few seasons on loan away from Chelsea.

He scored 17 goals in all competitions with Cercle Brugge lasts Eason (Transfermarkt). That was in the Jupiler League, however.

The Premier League is a whole different level entirely.

Ugbo is still yet to play a senior game in England’s top tier. Signing him from Chelsea would be a very risky move considering the fact that he his far from proven at the very highest level.

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The 22-year-old could be available for just €5 million (£4 million) this summer.

That kind of fee will obviously appeal to our owners. If David Moyes sees something in the England under-20 international then that’s fair enough. We’ll back the West Ham boss all the way.

In other news…Report: West Ham are now in talks to sign ‘phenomenal’ £8m ace

The jury is out on whether Moyes actually wants to sign Ugbo, however. Time will tell if there is any substance to this rumour. We’re taking it with a pinch of salt at the moment though.

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