It is safe to say that West Ham United have been looking for a striker that is able to find the back of the net on a regular basis for a long, long while now.
David Sullivan and David Gold have acquired 45 forwards to try and solve that problem during their tenure as owners of the Hammers and have not really had much success when doing so.
Last summer saw a frontman on their radar once again as they looked to usher in a new era under Manuel Pellegrini and one that saw them look to be rather ambitious.
However, when looking at one of their reported targets and how he has turned out since their alleged interest in him, they might be breathing a huge sigh of relief that they did not spend what could have been a rather large transfer fee for him.
Yoshinori Muto was linked with a move to West Ham in the summer by German media outlet Bild. So were Newcastle United, the club that the Japan international joined following the 2018 World Cup for £9.63 million.
And, things have not really turned out too well for the forward during his short time at St. James’ Park just at the moment.
The 26-year-old appears to have found life difficult with the Magpies and has only made 15 appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side across all competitions and scoring just the one goal, making his debut season in the Premier League appear to be a nightmare.
Obviously, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez appear to be doing the business for Newcastle, which could be a real reason as to why he has been out on the fringes, whilst being involved in the Asian Cup meant he missed games in the winter.
Although things may have been different for him at the London Stadium, taking things at face-value would suggest that West Ham dodged a mighty bullet as they would arguably still be in the same position they are currently in as they will need to try to find a prolific striker in the upcoming transfer window.
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