West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is still hoping to bolster his attack further ahead of deadline day.
Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko were signed earlier in the transfer window to improve Pellegrini’s forward options, and the former Manchester City boss is now looking to round things off with the addition of a striker.
L’Equipe (via Get French Football News) reports West Ham are in talks to sign Porto’s Moussa Marega, but face competition from Premier League rivals Everton.
West Ham, however, can afford to let £17.1m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Marega slip through their grasps.
Marega showed his quality last season after scoring 22 goals in 29 Primeira Liga games for Porto and the powerful centre-forward would undoubtedly be a huge asset for most Premier League sides — including West Ham.
But given how the Hammers’ transfer window has gone, missing out on Marega would not be devastating.
The transfer window outside of England, of course, still closes at the end of August. But for the meantime, Pellegrini still has Javier Hernandez to call upon who is likely to do much better this season playing under an attacking manager.
Marko Arnautovic is also still an option for Pellegrini up front after the Austrian had a successful spell playing their in his debut campaign at the London Stadium.
And, most significantly, West Ham are close to signing Lucas Perez from Arsenal in a £5m deal (via Evening Standard).
Perez’s 17 goals for Deportivo La Coruna in the 2015/16 La Liga season shows, when given minutes, the Spaniard is a capable goalscorer.
West Ham could conclude their transfer window with a bang if they signed Marega on deadline day but, if not, supporters can still be content with the club’s centre-forward options.