Speaking to talkSPORT, journalist and transfer guru Alex Crook has claimed that West Ham United and GSB have set their sights on Real Sociedad star Mikel Oyarzabal – with the Spaniard emerging as a target for the Irons this month, amid links to a plethora of other names.
As explained by the journalist, and as hinted at by manager David Moyes himself (talkSPORT), the Hammers have adopted a ‘scattergun’ approach so far this January window – making enquiries for many names in their efforts to sign an attacking star.
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Crook reveals Oyarzabal on West Ham radar
Moyes confirmed that the club have indeed made several approaches to players (football.london), and Crook has revealed the latest name on West Ham’s radar in Oyarzabal – who could flourish under the Scotsman as a versatile forward who can play on both flanks or in a more advanced forward position (WhoScored).
“A new name in the frame I’m hearing today, Mikel Oyarzabal, played under David Moyes at Real Sociedad, that’s the latest name that I’m hearing,” explained the talkSPORT journalist.
“He’s 23-years-old, he’s a Spaniard, he’s scored 50 goals for Sociedad, he can play out wide as well so would suit that system that Moyes likes to deploy with Antonio very much the main man up front and then players running either side.”
Transfer Tavern take
Oyarzabal has scored seven goals and bagged another four assists in La Liga so far this season in just 12 starts (WhoScored), but his lofty reported market value of around £63 million (Transfermarkt) could prove too much for GSB this window.
As this new potential target enters the frame, with West Ham apparently ‘considering an offer‘, it remains to be seen what will develop in terms of an official approach.
If the Irons do manage to land Oyarzabal this window, however, it could be considered a masterstroke given his form and versatility in the final third.
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