In Focus: Modeste to cost West Ham £25m

According to SportBild, FC Koln are prepared to sell Anthony Modeste to West Ham United this summer, but the German outfit want £25m for the 29-year-old centre-forward.

What’s the story?

West Ham have been left wanting in the striking department this season, with a succession of injuries to Andy Carroll leaving Hammers boss Slaven Bilic short of options in the final third of the field.

Andre Ayew has taken the leading role in recent weeks, although it is widely thought that Bilic will target a new centre-forward this summer as he looks to improve his squad for the 2017-18 campaign.

Ligue 1 pair Nice and Marseille have been linked with a move for Koln striker Modeste, although it is understood that West Ham are also in the race ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

According to SportBild, Koln are open to the possibility of selling the 29-year-old at the end of the campaign, but the Bundesliga outfit have slapped a £25m price tag on him.

Is Modeste worth £25m?

Blackburn Rovers supporters will remember Modeste following a short loan spell with the English club in 2012, although the striker failed to score in nine Premier League appearances before returning to parent side Bordeaux.

Modeste was contracted to Bordeaux between 2010 and 2013, but he spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan with Bastia – scoring 15 times in 36 appearances before completing a move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

The former France Under-21 international managed 19 league goals in 55 appearances during his time with Hoffenheim, before making the move to Koln in the summer of 2015.

Modeste has enjoyed a very impressive couple of seasons at his current club – netting 18 goals in 36 appearances during the 2015-16 campaign, while he has managed 25 goals in 32 appearances this term, including 23 in 29 Bundesliga appearances.

It is difficult to determine the true value of a player in the current market, but in-form strikers, especially in one of the leading European divisions, are always going to have a high price.

At the age of 29, £25m does seem a bit steep for a player that struggled during a previous stint in England, although Modeste has matured in recent seasons, and he could well be the striker that takes some of the pressure off Carroll at the London Stadium next term.

 


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