West Ham have confirmed the signing of FC Basel striker Albian Ajeti.
The 22-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee and joins on a four-year contract with the option of two extra seasons.
The Switzerland international, who is West Ham’s first deadline day signing, has been handed the number 27 shirt.
Ajeti played 43 games in all competitions for Basel last season, with an impressive return of 21 goals and 11 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Amongst these goals were two in European football – against PAOK and Vitesse Arnhem – and one in the Swiss Cup final, highlighting that he can be a player to pop up on big occasions for his side.
In addition, he has started the 2019/20 season well, scoring twice and assisting two more in just three games, including a strike that helped his side work their way past PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League qualifiers.
It is unlikely he will be able to get into the West Ham side ahead of record signing Sebastien Haller, at least at first, but Ajeti’s goals for Basel highlight that he can be a useful player for the club to have – either coming off the bench or starting when needed.
He is likely to have a battle with Javier Hernandez for the slot as second-choice striker, with the Mexican having started 14 Premier League matches and came off the bench 11 times last season, scoring seven and assisting three.
It was absolutely essential West Ham signed another striker, having seen Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez leave permanently, while Jordan Hugill has gone out on loan.
What is so encouraging about this move is that it isn’t merely someone to fill the gap for a year, as the Hammers have gone out and bought a striker who had good returns last season and, at 22-years-old, is on a four-year deal.
Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos have worked well this summer and this is another example of that.
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