Next West Ham Transfer? David Moyes Eyes Attackers
Following David Moyes' inspired summer picks from the Czech top-flight, the West Ham transfer focus shifts momentarily to outgoings.
Robert Snodgrass has headed to the Midlands and joins West Bromwich Albion in their hunt for survival. It could prove a shrewd signing by Sam Allardyce if he can get a tune out of him. The Scotsman possesses quality in abundance in form, has proved apt in dead-ball situations and wide areas in the Premier League, and is reportedly a pivotal figure in the dressing room.
Vacating West Ham with Snodgrass is Sébastien Haller. The forward has failed to impress on the whole whilst in the capital. It was a record fee which captured Haller at £42m just two years ago. The Ivorian will likely score a hatful in the Eredivisie, for his new club, Ajax, as he did for FC Utrecht - 41 goals/14 assists in 82 league appearances.
The Dutch powerhouse sanctioned the £25m fee to clinch Haller's services and now have him available to feature in their Europa League knockout fixture, away in Lille in February. =
It's a shame West Ham never saw the type of form the Bundesliga witnessed during his Eintracht Frankfurt spell. Haller and Luka Jovic ran rampant for the German outfit, both attracting suitors. Interestingly, Jovic's career has taken a similar path, as he acts as understudy to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
A Potential West Ham Transfer This Window?
Haller still had three years left on his West Ham contract, but The Hammers will be pleased to recoup a large fee considering his output produced in England. The offer to take Haller away from West Ham was sudden, and it seems that Moyes may be scrambling for the next steps. However, Pikked understands there is a shortlist in place. Now the race against time is on for Moyes who will desperately need to bolster his attacking options.
Michail Antonio is crucial to West Ham, but you won't get 38 games from him. His playing time needs managing, and therefore an incoming is imperative to share the workload.
The rumours emanating from the club suggest Joshua King of Bournemouth, Watford's Ismaila Sarr, and Boulaye Dia of Stade Reims are on Moyes' radar. A return for Marko Arnautovic was presented, although that is reportedly wide of the mark.
Boulaye Dia has been scintillating in Ligue 1, recording 12 goals in 16 starts. The 24-year-old's form has ushered his name into the conversation in boardrooms throughout Europe. In his third season in France's flagship competition he has improved his returns year on year; 18/19 - 3 in 8, 19/20 - 7 in 21, and now his impressive tally halfway through the current term.
The Stade Reims striker fits the mould of what West Ham need. He stands head and shoulders above Sarr and King, both extremely competent and effective at how they operate for their respective clubs. West Ham requires someone to put the ball in the net consistently. If his current season is anything to go by, The Hammers' attention should hone in on the Ligue 1 talent.
Dia, Sarr, and King would all add vibrancy to the West Ham attack which Moyes has sculpted impressively in his short stay with the club. The recruitment of Jarrod Bowen last January and most recently, Saïd Benrahma, suggests the club are no longer panic-buying on impulsivity.
With Antonio only a few games away from a purple patch of form shown on multiple occasions, a clinical hitman to compliment him and replace the departing Haller will excite fans. If supporters continue to trust the developing working relationship between Moyes and the recruitment team, they should anticipate someone to come in and impress.
Tomáš Souček for £21m and Vladimir Coufal for only £5m, alongside Bowen and Benrahma, offer a very stable platform to continue with in terms of West Ham transfers during Moyes' reign.
Expect movement at West Ham, because they'll be drastically lacking numbers in the final third without it. If they can get this one right, they may secure a top-half finish in no time.