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West Ham in talks to sign Albian Ajeti from FC Basel

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

West Ham United are in talks to sign Albian Ajeti from FC Basel prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline, per The London Evening Standard.

What’s the word?

The Hammers have already strengthened their attack this summer, acquiring Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club-record fee.

And they are now said to have entered into talks with the Swiss club over a deal to sign the 22-year-old.

The Standard reports that Basel value Ajeti at £8m and there is not yet said to be an agreement in place between the two clubs.

West Ham currently have Haller and Javier Hernandez as their out-and-out striking options, though Michail Antonio can play up front.

Break the bank

Sources at the club have confirmed that the Hammers have a remarkably limited transfer budget with which to work in the last week of the transfer window.

A deal at £8m would actually smash the current amount set aside for deals.

Thus, a decision needs to be made: Is Ajeti worth the investment?

First of all, the club need bodies up front, with only Haller and Hernandez as their out-and-out forwards. That feels like a recipe for disaster, particularly if the club-record buy picks up an injury.

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Secondly, the numbers strengthen Ajeti’s case. He scored 21 goals in 43 outings last season, having netted 17 in 37 in 2017/18. He has already kicked off this season with two goals in three games.

He would be a solid, reliable hand who could offer some support whenever was needed.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Irons will feel inclined to break the bank.

They should, particularly with the big kick-off less than a week away.

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