In Focus: West Ham linked with USA international; no offers on table for in-demand star

According to reports on Clubcall, West Ham United are one of the clubs who are said to be keeping close tabs on Hamburg striker Bobby Wood, although reports from Bild (in German), via ESPNFC, claim that the German outfit’s sporting director has said there has been no offers for the player.

What’s the story, then?

Well, with West Ham almost openly looking to sign a striker this summer, they seem to be mentioned whenever one is linked with a move away from a club, and it appears to be a similar story in this instance.

The Hamburg attacker is said to have been gaining admiring glances from Premier League clubs – which was further enhanced when he scored the winner in his side’s 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend in front of a number of scouts.

Needing more goals next season after a disappointing campaign, the link with the Irons has soon followed, but their sporting director Jens Todt told Bild, via ESPNFC, that there isn’t any interest from England, yet.

What did Todt say then?

He said: “There are currently no enquiries or offers for him.

“His move to Hamburg was good for us, but it was also the perfect step for Bobby.

“I can imagine that he appreciates how things are going for him right now.”

Would he solve West Ham’s striker issue?

Possibly, but it would be a risk.

The USA international has scored an impressive nine goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga side this season, but it’s always hard to tell how a player will adapt to the Premier League – just look at Simone Zaza.

How much would he cost?

It’s hard to put a price tag on the striker’s shoulders, but aside from perhaps Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, most players from the Bundesliga appear to be available at a reasonable price.

That could mean Wood is a more affordable option than some of West Ham’s other targets.

 


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