West Ham United are allegedly keen to sign Strasbourg attacker Ludovic Ajorque in the January transfer window.
That’s according to an exclusive report from French media outlet Foot Mercato.
Hammers boss David Moyes is desperately in need of a new striker at the London Stadium to provide more competition and cover for 31-year-old forward Michail Antonio.
The Scot outlined the difficulties of bringing a top-class striker to East London, however, when speaking to reporters earlier this week, as quoted by Football.London:
“We have been trying to get someone who can compete with Mic for two years. It is hard to bring in centre-forwards. I want to bring players in but I am not going to do it for the sake of it or because the transfer window is pushed by the media. Supporters want players and we will try to do so. I am hoping to do business.”
However hard it is, there can be no excuses for not signing a striker this month. Even if it is a stop-gap loan until the end of the season.
Not having any competition for Antonio is bordering on negligent considering how many fronts we are fighting on this season.
There are options out there, that’s for sure.
Liverpool ace Divock Origi is available for under £10 million (Sky Sports) and Clermont star Mohamed Bayo is up for grabs for just £9 million (Le10 Sport) for starters! If the French media are to be believed though, it seems as though David Moyes could be setting his sites on the French first division, however…
West Ham eye January transfer window Ludovic Ajorque swoop
Foot Mercato claims that the Hammers are paying very close attention to the giant Strasbourg striker ahead of a potential move to sign him in January.
Standing at 6ft 6in tall, the Frenchman is a typical target man striker. He’s very strong in the air, as is proven by the 3.7 aerial duels he has won on average this season (Who Scored).
The thing is, he is pretty good with the ball at his feet as well. So not only would he offer West Ham a real threat from set-pieces but he would also help us improve upon our link-up play from midfield to attack.
On top of all that, Ajorque is an excellent finisher too. The 27-year-old has been in fine form for Strasbourg this season with 10 goals and six assists to his name in 18 Ligue 1 appearances (Transfermarkt).
The 27-year-old is under contract with Strasbourg until the summer of 2024. It remains to be seen how much the Ligue 1 outfit will demand for his services this month.
Strasbourg are currently sitting just two points adrift of the Europa League spots with a game in hand, so they surely won’t want to lose their best player in January.
West Ham may well have to make a big offer to even tempt the French side into selling. A loan with an option to buy simply won’t cut it, that’s for sure.
Let’s just hope that we don’t insult the French club with that kind of proposal this month.