The lowdown: Rise to stardom
Now, it appears as though the Hammers have joined the admirers for Gouiri and are actively pursuing a transfer in the ongoing window…
The latest: ‘Very interested’
However, it’s claimed that Nice have ‘other plans’ for their prized asset and a sale is ‘therefore absolutely not on the agenda’ as things stand.
The report also states that Rennes are keen on the youngster, who was labelled a ‘potential world-class talent’ by Ligue 1 expert Adam White.
The verdict: Stellar signing
Although this deal is seemingly some way off becoming a possibility, should the Hammers be able to entice Gouiri to the London Stadium and indeed convince Nice to sell, it would have to be regarded as a sensational coup for the east Londoners.
Last season, the £37.8million valued attacker – who was once praised by Kylian Mbappe no less – scored 12 times and provided ten assists in 43 appearances across all competitions, earning an impressive 7.05 Sofascore rating whilst completing 1.6 dribbles, 1.3 key passes and 40.7 touches on average per top-flight outing.
Sharing similar stylistic traits to such highly regarded forwards as Memphis Depay and Paulo Dybala (Fbref), signing Gouiri would be a superb addition to David Moyes’ squad to accompany the capture of Gianluca Scamacca and if possible, should be regarded as a must-do piece of business for GSB and Rob Newman.
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