West Ham are now being linked with a move to sign Strasbourg striker Habib Diallo in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from ESPN who claim that the Hammers are battling the likes of Nottingham Forest and Brighton for the 26-year-old forward’s signature this summer.
West Ham manager David Moyes desperately needs to sign a top-class striker this summer, to help compete with and provide cover for Michail Antonio next season and beyond.
The fact that the Hammers have only one centre-forward – someone who isn’t even a natural striker, is actually beyond comprehension.
That all needs to change in the summer, if we are to have any chance of achieving success next season. And it seems as though Moyes has someone in particular in mind for the job…
West Ham want Habib Diallo
ESPN reckon that the Strasbourg striker is firmly on the Hammers’ radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
We believe that Diallo would be a useful addition for West Ham.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form this season. He scored 12 goals and two assists in 33 outings, and has netted 21 goals and five assists in 64 career appearances for Strasbourg (Transfermarkt).
His career record for his previous club Metz is very impressive, with 48 goals and 14 assists in 116 games to his name (Transfermarkt).
Diallo can play anywhere along the front-line. And that kind of versatility could prove to be a real bonus for West Ham.
He is great in the air, talented with the ball at his feet, quick along the ground and is a very hard worker.
The 26-year-old also stands at 6ft 1in tall (Wikipedia). So potential concerns that he could be bullied off the ball in the Premier League might be unfounded.
Last year, he was described as ‘one of the two strikers who formed Ligue 1’s deadliest duo’ (GFNF), alongside Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque, who interestingly, we are keen to sign as well.
If West Ham are going to sign Habib Diallo this summer, we will surely have to pay a lot more than the £9 million that Strasbourg laid out for his services two years ago.
Any fee around £12-15 million would be very good value for the 10-capped Senegal international in my opinion.