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West Ham United are eyeing a move for former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, per The Daily Mail.
Akpom spent a total of five years at the Emirates, making a total of 12 first-team appearances for the club, though he failed to score a senior goal in north London.
A move to Greek club PAOK has been more productive, however, with the club winning the league title in 2018/19.
Akpom scored six league goals in 20 outings domestically, while laying on four assists, and the Hammers are now said to be interested in completing a deal for the 23-year-old prior to next Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The Mail reports that the forward is rated at £5m.
This wouldn’t be a bad deal for the Hammers.
They have overhauled their striking options and currently have just two out-and-out forwards; summer signing Sebastian Haller and Javier Hernandez.
It is little surprise that the club remain in the market for a striker and a deal for Akpom would not break the bank.
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Indeed, paying £5m for a player with Premier League experience and who has shined in a foreign league would be shrewd business.
Akpom could become a success and see his value soar but even if it doesn’t work out, the Hammers will not lose too much of their investment.
This deal could appeal to all parties, then.