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West Ham: Journalist claims Hammers do hold Terem Moffi interest

West Ham United are showing an interest in the Nigerian striker Terem Moffi this month as David Moyes hopes to see his side bring in some firepower up top.

What’s the latest?

The Hammers have entered the January window in a precarious position in the Premier League table as they sit just three points off rock bottom.

And on the back of this, the Irons have been linked with bringing in a new striker this month with the Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri believed to be one of the names they have on their radar.

However, they are seemingly having some issues in landing the Moroccan from La Liga with the Spanish side believed to be holding out for £35m.

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West Ham United manager David Moyes before the match

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And on the back of their struggles to land En-Nesyri, journalist Ryan Taylor has spoken on his YouTube channel about West Ham’s interest in Moffi:

“I reported yesterday or the day before that West Ham’s interest in Terem Moffi had been dismissed to me, but it’s now my understanding that there is actually genuine interest.

“So in terms of West Ham’s interest in Terem Moffi, I believe they have actually held negotiations to sign the player now, but at the same time, there is a little bit of differentiation between the price Lorient are looking for and what West Ham are prepared to pay.”

Settling for second best?

Regardless of who West Ham are looking to sign this month, it is apparent action needs to be taken with only three other sides in the league having scored fewer than the Hammers.

Their investment in Gianluca Scamacca has not shown many signs of reaping its rewards and the likes of Jarrod Bowen have failed to pick up on last season’s form.

But in Moffi, would West Ham potentially be getting an upgrade or would they be better off going all in on the heavily-linked En-Nesyri?

Who would you prefer West Ham sign?

Terem Moffi

Terem Moffi

Youssef En-Nesyri

Youssef En-Nesyri

Well, En-Nesyri has certainly endured his struggles in La Liga this season having failed to return a goal in any of his 12 appearances in the Spanish top flight (via Transfermarkt).

However, the 25-year-old has been able to produce five goals across his six appearances in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

In comparison, Moffi has been in scintillating form for Lorient in Ligue 1 this season having already scored 11 goals in just 17 appearances in France.

And in general, Moffi has generally shown more positive signs than En-Nesyri with the Nigerian completing more passes and more shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (via FBref).

However, with the 23-year-old in such fine form for the French side, it will be interesting to see whether the Hammers could possibly prise him away with half of the season still left to play and Lorient chasing a spot in Europe.