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West Ham rocked as general manager makes bullish claim about David Moyes target M'Bala Nzola
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West Ham rocked as general manager makes bullish claim about David Moyes target M'Bala Nzola

West Ham United have been dealt somewhat of a blow with the news that Spezia will demand a large fee for alleged David Moyes target M’Bala Nzola.

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Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

West Ham failed to replace Sebastien Haller after selling him to Ajax in January.

We were linked with a whole multitude of strikers, however.

One of those names was M’Bala Nzola.

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The Hammers want to sign the 24-year-old Spezia hitman according to Club Doria 46.

Nzola has been in fine form this season. He has scored nine goals in 18 Serie A outings this season (Transfermarkt).

West Ham will have to spend big if they want M’Bala Nzola

The Angola international is an absolute powerhouse of a centre-forward. He seems to be ideally suited to David Moyes’s system at the London Stadium.

Nzola won’t come cheap, however.

Spezia general manager Mauro Meluso told CDS:

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“His price tag? I have a number in my head, but it is difficult to say today. (The number) I have in my head is very high. He had a particularly positive period, not only for the goals he scored but also for the performances he was able to produce. At 24, the striker is one goal away from double figures in his first Serie A season and is a newly capped Angola international. If we are to save ourselves (from relegation), our players would have a greater value. And they know it, they are aware of it.”

Quite how much West Ham will have to pay for Nzola is unclear.

Spezia did reject an £11.5 million bid from Fulham in January, however (Gazzetta dello Sport).

So it will probably take a fee of £15 million or perhaps even more from West Ham to prise him away from Spezia in the summer.