In Focus: Waris has shown potential to be consistent force for West Ham

As reported by The Daily Mail, West Ham United are locked in a three team race to land Lorient attacker Abdul Majeed Waris this summer.

What’s the story?

With the arrival of Javier Hernandez, Hammers fans are hoping they’ve finally found the poaching striker they need to stick away chances in the English Premier League. However, other options are still needed if they’re to be a real force this season and it seems that Slaven Bilic has found another attacker that can play alongside the Mexican international.

The Daily Mail report West Ham have made initial enquiries to Ligue 1 side Lorient about bringing Abdul Majeed Waris to the London Stadium.

The paper reckon his club rate him at around £12m, putting him well within the Irons’ reach. However, the report also states that they’ll have to battle with West Brom and Burnley for his signature.

Who is he?

The Ghanaian international has been an effective force in Ligue 1 over the last two seasons since making the switch from Trabzonspor, scoring 21 goals in 58 appearances for Lorient.

That number is even more impressive when you consider he plays many of his matches on the left wing, although he does have the ability to play as a centre-forward too.

On the wing, his threat, pace and finishing ability could complement Hernandez perfectly and transform the Hammers attack. The fact he can play centrally also provides depth.

Can he be the missing piece of Slaven Bilic’s attacking puzzle?