Speaking to GiveMeSport, journalist Pete O’Rourke has made a West Ham United transfer claim involving rival Tottenham Hotspur attacker Dele Alli.
The Lowdown: West Ham eyeing Alli?
As manager David Moyes and new recruitment chief Rob Newman weigh attacking additions this January, there have been plenty of links to alternatives as they mainly target Man United playmaker Jesse Lingard.
Czech Republic international Antonin Barak of Hellas Verona is seen as an attacker West Ham could potentially move for instead of Lingard, with Spurs midfielder Alli also apparently attracting the Irons’ attention.
The Latest: O’Rourke backs Alli interest…
Speaking to GMS, another reporter in O’Rourke believes the 25-year-old could indeed be a target for the Hammers and Moyes this month.
He explained: “Obviously Spurs are open to letting Dele Alli move on and I’m sure West Ham, like a number of Premier League clubs, have looked at Dele Alli’s availability.”
The Verdict: Good Lingard alternative?
There are similarities to Lingard as both Englishmen currently find their futures up in the air, but should West Ham move for Alli if they cannot seal one of their top targets in the Red Devils ace?
Scoring a career total of 91 goals in all competitions, despite being criticised for his performances this season, he has recently impressed in some showings – most recently against Liverpool when he attracted lots of praise in a 2-2 draw.
Earlier this campaign during Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure in north London, Alli also drew acclaim from pundit Rio Ferdinand, with the former Three Lions defender calling him a ‘machine‘ after a fine start to 2021/2022.
However, we believe the 6 foot 2 ace should only be viewed as a second option after Lingard, especially since the latter man is already a proven player under Moyes who bagged nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League appearances on loan last season.
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