West Ham United have reignited their interest in signing Porto striker Moussa Marega, according to A Bola.
The report suggests that the Hammers, as well as Newcastle, are hoping to bring Marega to the Premier League.
However, they would have to wait until deadline day, as Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is refusing to lose the Mali international before the Champions League qualifier first-round tie against Krasnodar on August 7th.
Marega played 47 games in all competitions last season, scoring 21 goals and assisting 11 – a tally which includes six Champions League goals, as per Transfermarkt.
WhoScored have cited the 28-year-old’s strengths as aerial duels, finishing and key passes, while his weaknesses are passing, crossing, holding onto the ball and defensive contributions.
In comparison, Haller played six games less than Marega in all competitions last season, scoring once less and assisting once more, as per Transfermarkt. Indeed, the £45m man averaged 1.3 key passes and 6.9 duels won per 90 mins last season, so does appear to have the ability to act as a focal point.
These suggest that West Ham’s record signing could be more productive in the final third, while also being more efficient in bringing teammates into the game, meaning he’s perhaps a better option to start, even if Marega was to join. Indeed, that’s without even mentioning his record transfer fee and the sort of status that brings.
It would be a strong move to secure the services of Marega in terms of bolstering the striking options at the club, however, he may be unwilling to go somewhere he would have no guarantee of starting games.
From West Ham’s point of view, it would be silly to sign someone for such a fee to potentially have them sit on the bench, especially when there are other areas within the team that could be improved.
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