West Ham plan to solve striker crisis with bid for Championship hot-shot

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2021 10:33 - Dave Tindall

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West Ham boss David Moyes is keeping a close eye on Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong and the London club could make a summer swoop.

The Hammers are short of options up front after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax. That deal was worth a record £20.2m.

The move took place early in the transfer window. And it was believed that West Ham had plenty of time to find a replacement.

But their attempts to bolster the attack came to nothing to the dismay of supporters.

It means they’re now gambling on Michail Antonio staying fit. The frontman has struggled with hamstring problems. And there were fears he may have injured himself again in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Fulham after being substituted.

Moyes appeared to ease those concerns by saying it was purely fatigue. However, the bottom line is that West Ham need reinforcements in attack.

According to The Sun, Blackburn striker Armstrong is one of those on the radar. Moyes is a fan and considered an £8million bid in the transfer window.

In the end, Moyes didn’t pursue the bid but the striker’s appeal is obvious. He’s scored 19 goals in 29 appearances for Blackburn this season. And that’s already one more than the 17 he scored in 48 last term.

Armstrong looks like a player continuing to develop and West Ham are keeping close tabs.

West Ham rivals also watching Armstrong

There are also reports that Premier League rivals Fulham and Everton are interested.

However, The Sun suggest that both sides would only view Armstrong as a squad player for the time being.

Goals haven’t been a problem for West Ham so far this season. They’ve scored 34 in their 23 games. That makes them the joint-eighth highest scorers in the division.

Their blank at Fulham was only the fourth time they’ve failed to score in the Premier League this term.

Tomas Soucek has been a welcome and surprise source with eight goals. However, the Czech star now faces a ban after controversially being sent off at Craven Cottage for alleged violent conduct.

But there is clearly a concern that West Ham need more goal threats and Armstrong could help provide a solution.

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