West Ham are eyeing a January deal to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng according to a report from the Mirror (print edition January 5th, page 53).
The Hammers’ need for a new centre-forward has been well-documented over the past few months.
David Moyes has been at least one striker short since Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax way back in January last year. And the Scot absolutely must address that particular squad deficiency before the January transfer window slams shut in 26 day’s time.
West Ham have already been linked with a plethora of centre-forwards since the summer – perhaps even 40 or more.
And now, it appears as though a new name has been added to Moyes’s list.
West Ham chasing Bamba Dieng
The Mirror claims that the Hammers could battle it out with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Newcastle for the Senegal international ace’s signature this month.
The 21-year-old is a lightning quick striker. He can play anywhere along the front-line and has plenty of talent and real potential.
Get Football News France has compared Dieng to Liverpool star Sadio Mane.
The real truth of the matter, however, is that West Ham should be looking to sign an established, prolific striker for the here and now.
We have talented young forwards for the future in the form of Sonny Perkins and Armstrong Okoflex.
Dieng has plenty of impressive attributes but there’s nothing to say that he is actually any better than either of those two players mentioned above.
The Senegalese forward has bagged just four goals and one assist in 20 games in all competitions for Marseille so far this season (Transfermarkt).
David Moyes needs to bring in someone capable of really pushing Michail Antonio for his place in the team over the next few years.
Dieng obviously isn’t the man for that particular job at this moment in time.
In our view, West Ham shouldn’t even be in the running for Dieng. He’s a talented young player, sure. But Moyes should be setting his sights a lot higher than the young Senegal international.
He could cost around £15 million as well according to The Sun. That’s far too much money for someone who is completely unproven in the Premier League.