As per le10sport, West Ham United have made their intentions known as club chiefs make contact to sign Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo.
The Lowdown: West Ham eyeing new strikers…
As revealed by manager David Moyes, the club have been trying to sign a new striker over 2021 and attempts were made in the summer, with there being no shortage of links heading to the January window.
Adam Hlozek and Andrea Belotti are just two forwards who have been mentioned as West Ham eye swoops for Michail Antonio alternatives.
The Jamaica international’s worrying injury history has been a cause for concern and more news has emerged on who West Ham could bring in to cope.
The Latest: West Ham willing to meet asking price…
According to le10sport, West Ham have ‘launched operations’ for Bayo whilst making ‘contact’ to sign him ahead of January.
As well as this, it is believed that Clermont have placed a €20 million (£17m) price tag on their frontman and it’s a fee West Ham ‘does not seem to be afraid’ of paying.
However, his club would prefer to insert a clause which would allow him to spend the rest of the season in France before making his Premier League move in the summer – an idea which West Ham wouldn’t entirely rule out.
The Verdict: Right man?
Scoring a prolific 22 goals in 38 Ligue 2 appearances last season, he’s continued in that vain over 2021/2022 with eight so far in the French top flight (Transfermarkt).
His career tally overall comes in at 47, impressive numbers for a 23-year-old, and his age indicates he would come with real sell-on potential for just £17m.
Bayo’s attracted praise from Ligue 1 critics also, with Norwegian football scout Tor-Kristian Karlsen explaining he is an opportunistic finisher with pace and great strength (ESPN).
As an outside option for a relatively cheap fee, the towering 6 foot 2 centre-forward could come as a shrewd option.
In other news: ‘Oh my’, ‘Yes yes yes’…ExWHUemployee news on ‘perfect’ striker has these West Ham fans talking, find out more here.
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