West Ham are reportedly set to tussle with Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur for the signing of in-form Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas.
The Lowdown: Hammers’ superb form continues
The Hammers are in a wonderful place at the moment, excelling under David Moyes and sitting fourth in the Premier League.
Sunday’s 4-1 way away to Aston Villa was another exceptional result, and on current form, there is no reason why they shouldn’t dream of a top-four finish.
Rumoured incoming investment from Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky could lead to more funds being available for new signings, too, only strengthening West Ham’s current position.
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The Latest: De Tomas to east London?
According to Fichajes, the Hammers are interested in signing De Tomas, with the 27-year-old in devastating form so far this season, scoring six goals in 11 La Liga games – the same tally as Michail Antonio in the Premier League.
The £10.8m-rated attacker is also reportedly wanted by Leeds and Tottenham, so it may not be straightforward for West Ham to sign him.
The Verdict: Added firepower
There is little to fault about West Ham currently, but a few injuries to key players could potentially expose a lack of squad depth as the season progresses. That is especially the case at centre-forward, where there is no natural senior backup to the in-form Antonio.
Signing De Tomas could help eradicate that issue, with the Spaniard bringing a near-guaranteed goal threat – 34 goals in 64 appearances for Espanyol – and providing competition for the Jamaica international.
He is in the peak years of his career at the moment, and while Leeds and Spurs are good clubs in their own right, West Ham are currently outperforming both of those on the pitch, and possibly off it too assuming that the rumoured Czech investment comes in.
In other news, West Ham have also been linked with a move for a La Liga midfielder. Find out who it is here.
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