Journalist Pete O’Rourke has refused to rule out a potential West Ham United swoop for Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe as Irons manager David Moyes seeks more attacking options.
The Lowdown: West Ham moving…
After they sealed agreements for defender Nayef Aguerd, midfielder Flynn Downes and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal, it is believed that the Hammers are certainly not done there.
Fabrizio Romano backs that West Ham are currently in talks to sign both Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) and Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt), while reports suggest that they’re also trying for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
Moyes may also need to bolster his ranks further forward if they’re to keep chase with England’s elite and potentially compete for a Premier League top-four finish.
The Latest: O’Rourke teases Pepe swoop…
As per O’Rourke, Gunners forward Pepe may be ‘coming into the thinking’ for Moyes.
Speaking to This Is Futbol, while the links to Arsenal’s winger arguably come as a ‘surprise’, the journalist hints that the 27-year-old could emerge as an option for West Ham.
O’Rourke stated: “It’s a bit of a surprise link, really, when you see the problems that Pépé’s had at Arsenal.
“He’s never really lived up to expectations after his big-money move and you’re thinking, do West Ham really need him?
“But we all know that David Moyes is looking to add attacking reinforcements to his squad out wide and up front as well, so maybe Pépé is coming into the thinking.”
Where will West Ham finish at the end of 2022/2023?
Europa League place
The Verdict: Make the move?
Depending on the price tag, West Ham taking a gamble on Pepe could be worth it, going by his brilliant form for Lille before completing a transfer to north London. After all, he once cost £72m for a reason.
The £140,000-per-week forward could rediscover his best form under Moyes, but it remains to be seen whether the Irons will offer Pepe a route out of the Emirates.
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