West Ham don’t look too light in the striking department as it stands but constant speculation over the futures of Carlton Cole and Frederic Piquionne suggest the Hammers can’t rely on them being present for the entire season. Promising youngsters Frank Nouble and Freddie Sears will be desperate to get their hands on a regular starting berth but Big Sam will know he needs an established striking force to fire them back into the Premier League.
In light of these circumstances, the rumour mill has been in overdrive for West Ham this summer, with many suggestions as to who they will sign. The latest, of course, is Eric Mouloungui, a striker/right winger for OGC Nice.
He is a full Gabonese international with 14 caps and 4 goals to date. He commands the no. 11 shirt for a Nice team enjoying consecutive seasons in French Ligue 1, however having only fired in 6 goals in 2 seasons for them, question marks should be raised about his goal scoring prowess.
Mouloungui is entering the final year of his contract and would therefore be available for a small fee. If West Ham were to sign the Gabonese international, it would be a relatively risk free move however unambitious it may seem. Question marks over his goal scoring record remain, and with his style of play not quite suited to the midfield position he has been utilised in by Nice, even for a small fee perhaps it would be best West Ham leave Mouloungui in France.
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