According to The Sun, West Ham United are interested in signing Mohamed Bayo from Clermont Foot.
The Lowdown: Lack of depth upfront
Michail Antonio has had a fantastic start to the 2021/22 campaign, scoring six goals in just six matches in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
However, he is the only forward David Moyes has at his disposal after the Hammers failed to bring in another striker during the summer transfer window, leaving the Irons short on depth with four competitions on deck this season.
The Latest: Hammers eye Bayo
As per this latest report, the Irons are looking to bring in Bayo from Clermont.
Aged 23, the Ligue 1 outfit are looking for £10m to part ways with the Guinea international, but the forward’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations in January may make things difficult.
The Verdict: New blood needed
Antonio’s performances for West Ham show he has what it takes to lead the line. He is the club’s record goalscorer in the Premier League with 51 strikes, with 26 coming in the last three terms, including this one.
However, given he has missed 26 games in the top flight over the past two full campaigns, Moyes can expect to lose him for parts of the term.
Would you like to sign Bayo?
The lack of an adequate replacement will cause them problems, but Bayo could fill that hole.
In his last 71 matches, he has 40 goals, and has already found the back of the net four times in seven outings in Ligue 1 this time out. At 6 foot 2 he is a beast in the air, noted for his strong finishing and heading prowess by Whoscored, and so could offer a slightly different option to Antonio as a traditional target man and poacher.
£10m is hardly a huge fee either, and he could be exactly what Moyes needs if wants to continue to surf the crest of this West Ham wave.
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