West Ham could look to sign a new striker when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
Reports from Sky Sport Italia via Calciomercatio this week suggested the Hammers had a £35m bid rejected for Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata. The Colombian has been scoring freely in the Serie A and Manuel Pellegrini was desperate to lure him to east London but their advances were rebuffed. As their bid was rejected, the former Manchester City boss could turn to the summer transfer window to bolster his forward line.
Andy Carroll is surely expected to leave the club while Chicharito’s long-term future remains unclear. Again, it’s surely unlikely Lucas Perez will stay after failing to improve since joining from Arsenal. Should West Ham end the season in a European place, Pellegrini might have a much larger budget available to strengthen his options in the final third.
One man the Chilean should be targeting is Leganes youngster – Youssef En-Nesyri. Valued at just £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old is a new arrival at the club after choosing to leave Malaga in the summer. His decision has paid off as the Morocco international has thrived with first-team football under his belt.
En-Nesyri has ten goals in all competitions this season, including a hat-trick against Real Betis at the weekend; he became the first Leganes player in history to achieve the feat in La Liga. A strong, powerful forward, the youngster would have no issues adapting to the physicality of the Premier League. As well as his lethal finishing ability, En-Nesyri is a huge threat in the air thanks to his fantastic jumping reach – winning an incredible 4.4 aerial duels per game this season (WhoScored).
The Moroccan’s ceiling is extremely high and working with a world-class manager like Pellegrini will serve only to aid his development.
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