David Moyes has enjoyed a tremendous campaign at West Ham this season, as a seventh-place finish in the Premier League and a run to the Europa League semi-finals gave the Hammers faithful some wonderful memories.
There is no doubt that Moyes wants similar success next season, and with new challenges on the horizon, a major one is quickly zooming into focus, navigating the summer transfer window.
There are areas of the squadwhich urgently need improvement, and whilst the West Ham attacking options on the surface appear good, with Jarrod Bowen (18 goals in 2021/22), Said Benrahma (11) and Michail Antonio (13) all contributing heavily, the latter remains the club’s only senior striker.
Their striking woes might soon be solved, though, following an update from a target with whom Moyes has been linked recently. According to French outlet Foot Mercato, West Ham are looking to bring in Clermont striker Mohamed Bayo to London this summer in a deal worth a potential €10m (£8.4m).
The striker has now spoken about his future with Footballogue, saying: “I had a season in National, I scored, I did a season in Ligue 2, it went well.
“We have stayed in Ligue 1 this season. The logical next step is to move towards a new challenge.
“I don’t want to run for the money, I want a project where in the game I feel important.”
This news will be encouraging for Moyes, and he could well be in pole position to bring in the Clermet marksman.
West Ham urgently need another centre-forward in order to take the burden off of Antonio, and a prospective £8.4m deal for the 23-year-old would represent excellent value for money.
This season, Bayo scored 14 times and grabbed five assists in 32 Ligue 1 matches, an impressive tally. He is still raw, but his incredible speed and physical prowess ought to stand him in good stead in the Premier League.
Moyes should act quickly, as otherwise he could face an intense battle for the Guinean’s signature.