West Ham will look to sign an in-form striker during the January transfer window, according to reports.
David Moyes has had limited options at centre-forward since the departure of Sebastien Haller. He moved to Ajax for £20m earlier this year and is yet to be replaced.
Michail Antonio continues to impress up front but is the club’s only out-and-out striker. His absence against Man Utd, due to a red card in the previous match, meant Moyes had to put Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma up top.
West Ham missed Antonio’s finishing as they were beaten 2-1 at the London Stadium.
It’s no surprise that Hammers chiefs are looking to bring in reinforcements during January. A new arrival could be integral if they are to qualify for Europe again this season.
Following Haller’s struggles in east London, West Ham will be wary of spending big on another forward.
They seem to have set their sights on a Nigerian goal machine who should not cost an outrageous fee. Reports on October 14 revealed that West Ham were targeting Paul Onuachu of Genk.
The 27-year-old managed 35 goals in all competitions last term as Genk finished fourth in the Belgian top flight.
He is already on 11 for the current campaign, so it’s clear to see why West Ham are interested.
Belgian source HBVL (via Sport Witness) provide an update on the transfer hunt. They claim that discussions could get underway on Thursday. That’s when West Ham host Genk in Group H of the Europa League.
If transfer talks go in the right direction then Onuachu could move to England as early as January.
West Ham have supposedly made the prolific striker their number one transfer target. He could be the man to lessen the burden on Antonio.
HBVL continue by stating that Onuachu has not given up on his Premier League dream. The player is determined to prove himself at the highest level.
Scoring goals for fun in England would likely put his name on transfer wish lists all over Europe.
West Ham end interest in England star
Meanwhile, the Hammers seem to have given up on their pursuit of England international Jesse Lingard.
Journalist Phil Brown told GiveMeSport: “I get a bit of a sense that Moyes and West Ham have moved on from Jesse Lingard.
“They brought (Nikola) Vlasic in and I’m not sure there’s a place in the squad for him at the moment.
“The way David Moyes talks, he pays the right lip service in the fact that he loves Jesse Lingard. He hasn’t openly said he wants him in his team if he was available, but you get that impression.”
Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham. He reinvigorated his career with nine goals in 16 games.
There were rumours of a permanent switch that ultimately failed to materialise due to his £30m price tag.