West Ham lurking in race with Euro giant for striker son of famous face

Date published: Thursday 8th April 2021 6:59 - Samuel Bannister

West Ham are reportedly expressing an interest in Spartak Moscow striker Jordan Larsson, but face competition from a European giant.

After the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January, West Ham have been looking for a new striker. They failed to sign a replacement when the winter transfer window was still open. David Moyes said they were taking a different approach and would weigh up their options in the summer.

They don’t seem to be suffering too much without depth up front. Remaining in an unlikely hunt for a Champions League place, they are in the top four with eight games to go.

But adding another centre-forward to their squad next season could give them a major boost. With that in mind, they continue to be linked with a number of options.

According to Goal, one name that is now on their radar is Larsson. The 23-year-old has scored 12 goals in the Russian top flight this season from 23 appearances.

His name may seem familiar and he is indeed the son of former Manchester United and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson.

It seems goalscoring runs in the family and Larsson junior could soon get to prove his worth on a bigger stage.

Goal claim that West Ham are admirers of the Dutch-born Sweden international. However, so too are Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund are bracing themselves for bids for Erling Haaland this summer. With 49 goals in 51 appearances for the club, the Norwegian will soon make the step up from Dortmund.

The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are considering a move for the 20-year-old. Dortmund remain calm and plan to keep him for another season, even though that means they could lose him for his €75m release clause in 2022.

However, if a big bid comes in, the Bundesliga club may have to change their plans. Therefore, they are currently exploring possible replacements.

They could even pounce for Larsson if Haaland stays, as they still need backup for their main man. He could develop there until he is ready to step into the former RB Salzburg star’s shoes.

West Ham are also watching on, though, and will be intrigued by Larsson’s versatility. He has mainly played as a centre-forward this season, bringing out his best, but has played as a winger in the past.

It cost Spartak Moscow €4m to sign him in 2019 and his price tag is likely to have risen since then.

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West Ham linked with more strikers

Another striker to have been linked with West Ham is Espanyol’s Raul De Tomas.

De Tomas stayed put despite Espanyol suffering relegation last season and has continued to prove his importance in the Spanish second tier.

But bigger things could beckon for the 26-year-old and Fichajes have linked him with Leeds, Leicester and West Ham.

Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri has been mentioned as another option, but De Tomas may be easier to acquire. Overall, it seems West Ham are casting their net far and wide in hope of finding the right solution.

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