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West Ham want £21m Julian Alvarez, River Plate could use funds to sign Manuel Lanzini - report

West Ham now want to sign River Plate hitman Julian Alvarez according to a report from ESPN Argentina.

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The 21-year-old Argentinian starlet is highly rated in his homeland.

And it seems as though the Hammers’ interest has been aroused.

David Moyes is keen to sign a top class striker this summer. He currently has Michail Antonio as his only senior recognised centre-forward at the London Stadium.

West Ham have already been linked with at least 30 or 40 strikers.

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And now there is a new name to add to the list!

West Ham chasing Julian Alvarez

The 21-year-old has been identified as a potential summer signing for the Hammers according to a report from ESPN Argentina.

And its has been suggested that River Plate value the striker at around £21 million. If the South Americans receive that kind of cash, they could then use the funds to sign Manuel Lanzini from West Ham according to a report from El Futbolero.

Alvarez is a real talent. He racked up four goals and seven assists in 20 games for River Plate last season (Transfermarkt).

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The Argentinian starlet has 16 goals and 17 assists in 69 career games for River to his name (Transfermarkt) – not a bad return for a 21-year-old.

He is more of a wide attacking player rather than an out-and-out number nine. Alvarez certainly has the attributes needed to play through the middle, however.

If West Ham are truly in for him and River want Lanzini, a part exchange deal involving the two players would make perfect sense.

Signing Alvarez would obviously be somewhat of a perilous move for the Hammers. Bringing a young player from South America to Europe is always heavily laden in risk.

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The 21-year-old does seem to have something special about him, however. And if we can send Manuel Lanzini in the opposite direction, signing Alvarez may end up being a masterstroke.

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