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David Moyes prioritising transfer of 20-goal striker as West Ham issue emerges

Ciaran McCarthy
Ben Brereton Diaz and Bradley Johsnon, Blackburn Rovers, December 2021.

David Moyes is reportedly pushing hard to secure the signing of Chile forward Ben Brereton Diaz this month as he looks to cement West Ham’s push for fourth.

The Hammers are having one of the best seasons in their recent history. Indeed, they are building on last seasons sixth-place finish, and are currently fourth in the Premier League.

Despite the top season the Hammers are having, they have slipped up a few times of late. They have lost to both Leeds and Southampton since Christmas.

While the squad has been hindered by injuries in a few departments, one of those stands out from the rest, that being the central striker.

Michail Antonio is the only senior No.9 at the club, and when injured is replaced by a winger. Should West Ham have another pure goalscorer in their ranks, they could cut out the tight losses they have endured.

As such, the Hammers are reportedly tracking Blackburn forward Brereton Diaz, per Hammers.News.

The Chile international has scored 20 goals in 26 Championship games this season. Furthermore, he has begun to prove himself on the international stage, scoring three goals in nine Chile appearances.

Indeed, Brereton Diaz seems capable of making the step up to the Premier League. What’s more, the Hammers would not have to rely on Antonio staying fit, should they sign the 22-year-old.

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West Ham are rivalled by Leeds United and Brighton in the pursuit of the Championship’s second-top scorer.

Blackburn have reportedly put a £30million price tag on their talisman, as they clearly do not want to lose the forward on the cheap.

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Attila Szalai Fenerbahce 2021 TEAMtalk1

Also at West Ham, injuries to Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna have significantly weakened the defence. As such, Moyes’ side are keen on strengthening with a January signing.

The Hammers are reportedly keen on Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai, but are joined by Newcastle United in that pursuit.

The Hungary international was a major target of Chelsea’s last year, but that deal never materialised.

However, Szalai is clearly a capable defender, and would be a good transfer for West Ham should they pull it off.

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