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West Ham United: Hammers eye Ike Ugbo

West Ham United: Hammers eye Ike Ugbo - West Ham Transfer Rumours

West Ham United are reportedly eyeing up a move to try and sign Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo in the summer transfer window.

The Lowdown: Strikers wanted

The London Stadium faithful have recently been linked with moves for a number of strikers, including the likes of Adam Hlozek and Tammy Abraham.

David Moyes is also reportedly interested in signing Adama Traore, with thoughts of converting him to a centre-forward from the wing.

The Latest: Ugbo eyed

As per Het Belang van Limburg (via Sport Witness), the East London club are one of a number of teams ‘lining up’ to sign Ugbo, along with Fulham, Genk, Frankfurt, Feyenoord and PSV.

He has entered the final year of his current deal at Chelsea, and would prefer to play regular football instead of earning ‘bags of money’.

The news outlet claims that Ugbo could cost a fee in the region of between €3-5m (£2.6-4.3m) plus a percentage on any future sale.

The Verdict: Sign

The Hammers are in desperate need of finding another striker as cover for Michail Antonio, and Ugbo could well fit the bill.

Described as a ‘decisive’ player by Belgian media back in February, the England youth international scored no fewer than 17 goals in 34 games in total over all competitions across the 2020/21 season while on loan at Cercle Brugge (Transfermarkt), an extremely impressive ratio of a goal every two matches.

Should West Ham sign Ugbo?

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At just 22 years of age as well, Ugbo still has a lot of potential, and so it would be quite the coup for the Irons should they manage to persuade their London rivals to sell to them at such a low cost. They could even justify signing a second forward as well as the youngster given the quoted price tag.

In other news, find out which Premier League ace would be a ‘fantastic signing’ for WHU here!


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