West Ham United have been offered the chance to sign Moussa Marega this summer, according to a report by Sky Sports.
Porto are thought to have given the Hammers the opportunity to bring the Mali international to the Premier League as the 28-year-old is believed to be keen on testing himself in England’s top division.
It is claimed the forward could be available for a transfer fee of €30million (£26.9m) due to a release clause in his contract.
West Ham are desperate to add a striker to their squad this summer after seeing a number of them depart and it would appear they have been given the perfect opportunity to acquire one who knows how to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
Marega has been in rich goalscoring form for the last two seasons whilst with Porto, having recorded goal tallies of 23 in 2017/18 (Transfermarkt) and 21 in 2018/19 (Transfermarkt) in those campaigns. Those figures would be significant improvements on Marko Arnautovic as the Austrian hit just 11 in both 2017/18 and 2018/19.
The Mali international would fit the playing style and system that Manuel Pellegrini likes to adopt as he is incredibly powerful in the air (noted as a trait on WhoScored) and on the ball, potentially fitting the 4-1-4-1 formation deployed by the Chilean last season.
In terms of leading the line, that kind of aerial threat could really come in handy alongside the creative outlets of Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass.
However, whether West Ham look to go in for the striker they were allegedly keen on signing last summer again remains to be seen.
Things are thought to be progressing well in their €40m (£36m) pursuit of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller (L’Equipe), so should they land him, it will be interesting to see if the Hammers look to acquire Marega as well.
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