West Ham United are on the lookout for a new attacking addition this summer.
It’s no secret that David Moyes desperately needs another frontline signing to challenge in all competitions next season, especially as they could land themselves a European berth.
The Irons sold marquee signing Sebastian Haller in January, recording a whopping £20m loss but the club’s hierarchy, GSB, failed to provide their manager with a replacement, meaning he has only had an injury-prone Michail Antonio at his disposal.
Eurosport believes Moyes will get £35m to spend on a new striker but that will take up the bulk of his transfer budget, you’d imagine and one player up top may not be enough.
Therefore, it could be wise for the Scotsman to dip his toes into the plethora of young talent available at his disposal in the academy set-up and there is one standout contender, Ademipo Odubeko.
The 18-year-old phenomenon could save GSB millions this summer if Moyes decides to unleash him in the first-team next season.
An attacking department of Antonio, a signing like Abraham or Toney, and Odubeko is certainly a mouth-watering prospect and would be one that could allow enough rotation across the Premier League, domestic cups and the Europa League to seriously challenge again.
The young Hammers gem has been in fine mettle this campaign, scoring ten goals in nine Premier League 2 appearances, on top of a pair of strikes in the FA Youth Cup and the EFL Trophy, as per Transfermarkt.
He was also handed his debut in the FA Cup earlier this year, playing just one minute from the bench against non-league Stockport County but then Moyes trusted him with nearly an hour’s worth of action against Manchester United in the next round.
Speaking about the teenager back in January, the Irons boss said, via football.london: “Mipo is somebody we are looking forward to working with. He is a young player we have big hopes for.”
Whilst academy chief Ricky Martin hailed the striker after the East Londoners beat off competition to secure his signature.
“He is a promising player we are looking forward to working with and this move is a great opportunity for him to join us and continue his journey,” he said before adding: “It will naturally take Mipo some time to settle in, but we believe West Ham is the perfect environment for Mipo to flourish and fulfil his undoubted potential.”
Also dubbed a “special talent,” it seems Odubeko has all the attributes to thrive at the London Stadium as he’s “fast, dynamic, strong, he can score all sorts of goals and he’s good in the air,” according to his ex-coach Bernard Byrne, who further claimed to The Athletic that he’s “exciting” and a “proper centre-forward.”
It’s a lot to ask him to feature frequently next season but having the 18-year-old more involved will certainly be a good place to start and would mean they could bolster other areas, on top of finding that new forward in the transfer market.
Odubeko can save the Hammers a lot of money if so.