West Ham will reportedly be watching 26-year-old striker Boulaye Dia during the Senegal vs Netherlands World Cup clash this evening.

That’s according to football journalist Dean Jones who told Give Me Sport that Everton and Leeds could challenge the Hammers for Dia’s signature, should he perform well at the World Cup with Senegal, starting with their clash vs the Netherlands today.

West Ham manager David Moyes has been linked with a move to sign the 26-year-old hitman for quite some time now.

Moyes missed out on the Senegalese ace in the end though.

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Dia, 26, joined Villarreal in the summer of 2021 for around €12 million (£10 million) having been heavily tracked by the Hammers.

The 19-capped Senegal striker bagged just seven goals and five assists in 35 games for the Spanish side last term though (Transfermarkt).

He left Villarreal to join Italian side Salernitana on a season-long loan in the summer, and has since racked up six goals and two assists in 14 Serie A games (Transfermarkt).

And it seems as though the striker is still very much on the Hammers’ radar…

West Ham to watch 26-year-old during Senegal vs Netherlands World Cup clash

Boulaye Dia will undoubtedly lead the line for Senegal vs the Netherlands in the African nation’s World Cup opener tonight.

And according to Dean Jones, West Ham will be keeping a close eye on the forward:

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He’s having a solid season on loan at Salernitana from Villarreal and his ability to play off the shoulder and finish one-on-ones means he has real goal potential. He’s got great goal awareness and will really see this as an opportunity to shine. Senegal take on Netherlands on Monday (today) and if Dia does well we can expect links with the likes of West Ham, Leeds and Everton to emerge.

I think that the Senegalese forward will actually suit Premier League football down to the ground.

And he would be a very strong addition for either West Ham.

Dia is powerful, has explosive pace and is a real menace for opposing defenders.

Gazzetta dello Sport reckons that Villarreal could sell him for around £14 million.

That seems like great value, in spite of his struggles with the Spanish side last season.

And it will be interesting to see how he performs for Senegal vs Netherlands in the World Cup clash this evening.

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