In Focus: West Ham may have found their Carroll replacement in Mounie

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United have joined two of the Premier League rivals in the race to sign Montpellier striker Steve Mounie this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Irons manager Slaven Bilic is desperate to bring in at least one new striker – and probably two – this summer and he has been heavily linked with the Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi.

However, the Croatian boss is weighing up all of his options and is understood to have joined Watford and West Bromwich Albion in taking a closer look at Mounie, who would cost significantly less than the Premier League attackers.

How did Mounie do this season?

The 22-year-old did very well and helped Montpellier avoid the drop by scoring 14 goals and providing a further three assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances.

What sort of a striker is he?

Standing at 6’3” tall, the Benin international is certainly more in the mould of Andy Carroll than Diafra Sakho and he won an impressive 282 aerial duels in those 35 Ligue 1 outings this term.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

When Carroll is in the side the Irons play a certain way and it is usually effective.

The problem is that the striker doesn’t spend enough time on the pitch because of injury, but Mounie certainly has all of the attributes to play a similar role up top in Carroll’s absence.

He is a strong and physical player that would be able to hold the ball up and bring his teammates into play, which is a trait that may well impress Bilic.

How much would he cost?

The report suggests that he could be available for just £13m this summer, and with his physical attributes and his potential to improve as he is just 22 years of age, it might be a tempting deal for the east London outfit.

Whether a bidding war could happen with the interest from their Premier League rivals remains to be seen, though.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while West Ham’s preference would probably be to sign Iheanacho and Batshuayi this summer, if they want a cheaper alternative whose surname is a bit easier to pronounce they should take a punt on Mounie.