Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, former Premier League forward Dean Windass believes West Ham should consider moves for Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke this summer.
The Hammers sold striker Sebastien Haller to Ajax in the last transfer window and failed to bring in a replacement.
It means they could now move for a new No.9 or two as David Moyes looks to bolster his options in that area.
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Toney, who has scored an incredible 32 goals for Brentford in the Championship this season, was actually of interest to West Ham last year – something confirmed by Peterborough director of football Barry Fry.
As for Benteke, the 30-year-old is set to become a free agent in a development that may interest teams looking for a Premier League proven striker.
Ultimately, for Windass, both players would be worth bringing into the London Stadium before the start of next season.
“You’d take that all day long,” the former Hull City man said as he discussed Toney, Benteke and the Hammers’ striker situation. “Benteke as a squad player, then bring a young striker in to learn off Benteke around the training ground.
“I think Ivan Toney, somewhere like that if Brentford don’t go up, that will be the sort of club he’ll go to, West Ham.”
Following Haller’s departure, West Ham really do look short up front. Michail Antonio is the only real sort of No.9 at the club at the minute, so it would be a surprise if Moyes did not move for a new frontman.
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