While it remains unsure who will be West Ham manager at the start of next season, it is still business as usual as they look towards their final campaign at the Boleyn Ground.
The east London side have been linked with Guingamp striker Claudio Beauvue, who has scored 25 goals so far this term. The 27-year-old is interested in testing himself in England and a move to West Ham could be a perfect fit.
When a player first comes to the Premier League it takes a long time to adjust. The English style of football is slightly more brutal and hasn’t got all the tricks and skills that other teams in Europe enjoy. By joining a team which have been steadily improving – enough to get them up to 10th in the Premier League – it is hoped he could bring the sparkle the Hammers need to push for a place in Europe, without having to rely on the Fair Play League.
Guingamp President Betrand Desplat has confirmed that his star player is looking to move in the summer.
He said: “It seems that the will of Claudio is to go to England.”
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It seems that an agreement has been met between the player and the club, which means he could grace the Premier League as early as this summer. The Frenchman plays as a wide right and a central striker and this season West Ham have struggled with injuries to their attacking quota. While the team have scored 43 goals so far this term, Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have all missed large parts of the campaign due to injury.
It has been reported that the Hammers are willing to bid around £6million for the striker but there is a possibility that although he’s a very good player, Beauvue may not be too different to the strike force they currently have.
One of the Frenchman’s main strengths is his ability to score goals with his head, which both Valencia and Carroll are already very talented in. He has scored more than all three strikers put together, but coming from a team currently sit in 11th in the French Ligue 1 it may prove more difficult than he thinks to carry on his goal scoring run.
Beauvue may want to test himself in the Premier League but before he jumps he needs to make sure he ends up at a club that will give him the game time he needs to improve and adjust. Unless West Ham are planning to sell any of their strikers it seems unlikely that Beauvue will make the impact the club is hoping for.
The club are hoping that they can get European football at Upton Park and for that they need to bring in somebody who has a different style to what they already have on their books.
Thirty five per cent of the team’s goals this season have been from headers, so they are certainly not lacking in Beauvue’s best skill.
It is always exciting to see players desperate to join the Premier League, but this is not the right move for either party involved. No-one wants to see another wasted talent.