The Lowdown: West Ham striker options wearing thin…
However, the Scotsman is adamant that he will not move for players until he is 100 per cent sure they can add a different to dimension to West Ham’s attack (Evening Standard).
August 31 is fast approaching, however, and West Ham need to start making moves if they’re to finally land a decent Michail Antonio alternative.
The Latest: Agbonlahor thrilled by Origi talks…
As per Football Insider, in what could be a step in the right direction, West Ham have allegedly entered preliminary talks to sign Origi this summer.
Agbonlahor, reacting to the development, believes he could be a ‘perfect’ back up to Antonio and a shrewd purchase for West Ham – even despite the fact he isn’t exactly a superstar name.
“I think he’s exactly what they need,” he told Football Insider.
“They are desperate for another striker. They only have Antonio, and he gets quite a few injuries.
“Someone like Origi can be the perfect backup. You can bring him on in a game or you can start him if Antonio gets injured.
“He is a threat, definitely. Is he the striker that is going to fire you into the top six next season? Maybe not.
“But for £13m, you don’t know what West Ham’s budget is. So it could be really good business.
“He’ll do a good job for them. He’s not gonna moan about being on the bench so it suits both the player and the club.”
The Verdict: Right call?
At this point of the window, you could make an argument that signing Origi is better than signing no forward at all.
Antonio suffered his fair share of injury problems last year and going into a congested 21/22 campaign without a new addition would be a very risky decision.
The Belgium international, while not overly prolific, could leave Anfield for a reasonable £15 million fee and Liverpool are open to selling.
He is also still fairly young at 26-years-old, meaning West Ham could still gain some sell-on value in years to come.
In other news: ExWHUemployee says West Ham could swoop for perfect Antonio alternative in 16-goal ‘phenomenon’, find out more here.
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