West Ham have made an enquiry about Red Bull Leipzig striker Timo Werner, according to ExWHUemployee.
The Bundesliga sensation has scored 55 goals in just 98 games for Leipzig but, with his contract expiring in 2020, the Irons are reportedly keen on an ambitious bid.
West Ham are in the market for striking reinforcements amid a transfer saga involving Marko Arnautovic.
The Austria international is wanted by Chinese club Shanghai SIPG but it remains to be seen if a deal will be sanctioned this month.
Nevertheless, Javier Hernandez is also wanted by Valencia, and it appears that the Irons are already making moves to potentially replace the pair.
An enquiry for Werner has reportedly been lodged, while Sky Sports report that the club are also watching Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, who has registered nine goals in La Liga this season.
Werner, meanwhile, has been a revelation in Germany and broke records by becoming the youngest player to reach 150 Bundesliga appearances.
He has repeatedly hit the back of the net, too, and has already scored 13 times this season in all competitions, in 21 appearances.
The striker scored 21 times last season, too, and has won 23 caps for Germany, netting on nine occasions.
He is marked out by his explosive pace, which seems tailor-made for the Premier League, and would be a major upgrade on any striker currently with the Irons, including Arnautovic.
It does seem fanciful.
Werner has been repeatedly linked with Bayern Munich – the Bavarian club have fostered a reputation of scooping up the best players from rival German clubs – and Liverpool, where he could dovetail with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
But there is surely no harm in West Ham asking the question.
The club have money to spend, as shown by the signing of Felipe Anderson in the summer, and a move for Werner would be astute, and also offer a major upgrade on the players already at the club.
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It is also clear that he’s a better player than Gomez, and a more prominent name in European football.
It is perhaps more likely that, if they fire the starting gun, a bidding war will erupt.
Leipzig, then, would be wise to get the striker tied down, but the Hammers should be applauded for the ambition they have already shown.