West Ham handed boost in pursuit of Champions League forward who would be open to Premier League move

Ben Stewart
Youssef En-Nesyri, Gonzalo Montiel of Sevilla FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and FC Copenhagen

West Ham could be set to reignite their interest in Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri in the January transfer window.

En-Nesyri has been a previous target for the Hammers who wanted to sign him last year. West Ham were once again interested in the summer transfer window, but their advances were knocked back.

Sevilla reportedly wanted around £34million in the summer, which David Moyes’ side were not prepared to pay.

The Hammers instead opted for a move for Gianluca Scamacca, who moved over from Sassuolo in the latest transfer window.

Scamacca has scored just two Premier League goals since joining in the summer and he is currently on a nine-game goal drought.

As West Ham are keen to bolster their forward options, a move for En-Nesyri could well be back on the cards in January.

Moyes’ side currently sit 16th in the Premier League table and are just one point above the relegation zone.

Sevilla ready to sell En-Nesyri 

West Ham have been long-term admirers of En-Nesyri, but all of their previous attempts to sign him have ultimately failed.

Reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes.net have claimed that Sevilla will now be open to selling En-Nesyri in the upcoming window.

Sevilla will be hoping that En-Nesyri has an eye-catching World Cup tournament for Morocco, which could boost his price tag.

His best goalscoring season for Sevilla came in 2020-21, when he scored 24 goals across all competitions.

En-Nesyri has since struggled to be as prolific and Sevilla perhaps missed their best chance to cash in on the forward.

Last season he scored just five goals, in what proved to be an inconsistent year for the forward. In the 2022-23 campaign so far he has scored two goals for the Spanish side, which have each come in the Champions League.

The 25-year-old has struggled to nail down a consistent starting spot in the side. This season he has made 10 appearances in La Liga, with eight of those coming from the bench.

En-Nesyri is undoubtedly a talented player, but perhaps is in need of a fresh challenge.

The report claims that he “maintains a good lineup” in the Premier League. Along with West Ham, plenty of other suitors from around Europe could be tempted by the Sevilla forward.

West Ham need more firepower 

It has been no secret that West Ham have struggled for goals this season. They have only hit the back of the net 12 times and currently rank as one of the lowest scorers in the league.

As things stand they have averaged a mere 0.8 goals per game. If they were to continue on their current trajectory, they would finish the season having only scored 30 goals.

Moyes’ will no doubt be aware of their shortcomings and will be keen to bolster their forward options.

Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma all currently rank as their top scorers this season with two league goals.

If West Ham want to climb the table after the international break, some more firepower will definitely be needed in their squad.

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