According to a report by Portuguese news outlet O Jogo, West Ham and Everton have ‘collected references’ in an approach to sign Benfica forward Haris Seferovic – with the possibility of making a bid for the player now ‘open’.
The Lowdown: West Ham in striker chase…
Manager David Moyes is said to be keen on adding a new striker to his West Ham ranks with many links emerging over these past few weeks.
Ukraine international Roman Yaremchuk is allegedly another option (Eurosport), with O Jogo now lifting the lid on a West Ham approach to sign Seferovic.
The Latest: Irons make Seferovic approach…
As per the website, West Ham and Everton have both been in contact for the 29-year-old Switzerland star and it is possible that either club could make a bid this summer.
Seferovic impressed at Euro 2020, scoring three goals in five matches for the Swiss, with the towering 6 foot 1 powerhouse now being eyed by the Irons and Moyes.
New Toffees boss Rafael Benitez, however, has taken the same stance for Everton and it seems West Ham could face competition from them and London rivals Tottenham – who also hold an interest.
The Verdict: Good option?
Benfica’s president apparently values Seferovic at around €25 million (£21.3m), but he is quite a mixed option with many aspects of his transfer to consider.
At 29, the forward’s sell-on-value will diminish in years ahead as he approaches the twilight phase of an impressive career.
West Ham may only get a couple of top seasons out of Seferovic before he potentially starts to tail off – so GSB and Moyes must consider the age factor despite his head-turning 26 goals in all competitions over 20/21 (Transfermarkt).
His quality is evident going by his haul of strikes in Portugal last term and the fact he has attracted plenty of praise – former Portugal international João Alves explained back in April how he has become a ‘fantastic player’ (Bancada), but how long this form will last could cause West Ham a headache.
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