According to a recent report from journalist Ekrem Konur, West Ham wanted ‘to finish’ a deal to sign Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka before the striker decided to pursue a move to Leicester City instead.
THE LOWDOWN: DAKA SET TO SIGN FOR PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS
The 22-year-old has caught the eye with a number of strong performances for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, and it appears as though he’ll be playing his football in the Premier League in the near future.
The Zambia international netted 34 goals in 42 appearances in total for Salzburg last term, being hailed as “fantastic” by his manager Jesse Marsch, and he recently revealed that he is set to sign for Leicester City ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
THE LATEST: JOURNALIST ISSUES WEST HAM UPDATE ON DAKA
West Ham were reportedly keen on striking an agreement to land Daka’s signature this summer, according to Konur. The journalist claimed that the east Londoners were keen ‘to finish’ a move for Daka, but the striker wanted to sign for Leicester City instead of the Irons.
It remains to be seen which targets West Ham boss David Moyes will now turn as they look to add depth to their attacking options before the summer transfer window reaches a conclusion.
THE VERDICT: WEST HAM CAN’T AFFORD TO DWELL ON IT
This will be a frustrating update for West Ham supporters to hear, as Daka could have been the ideal player to challenge Michail Antonio for a starting spot in the team next season.
Additional depth is certainly needed in the Hammers’ squad, especially with David Moyes’ side set to compete in Europe next term, and squad rotation will be key throughout the campaign. That is especially the case at centre-forward, where there is no natural senior alternative to the injury-prone Antonio.
With Daka reportedly opting to pursue a move to Leicester instead, though, West Ham can’t afford to dwell on their failed move for the Salzburg forward. They simply need to seize upon any other centre-forward gems they have lined up rather than be left licking their wounds again.
In other news, many West Ham reacted to this transfer update on a current Irons player.
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