David Moyes can end his West Ham United striker woes by signing Eintracht Frankfurt ace Andre Silva to fill the void left by Sebastien Haller.
According to the Daily Mail, Silva has emerged as a potential target for the London Stadium natives after Moyes made clear his intentions to reinvest the £20m made from Haller’s exit.
AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King also remains high on the former Manchester United boss’ shortlist, which features a string of options including Cagliari’s Giovanni Simeone and Stade de Reims’ Boulaye Dia.
But Moyes is loath to pay over the odds to solve his attacking situation, with Reims expected to demand no less than £15m for Dia while the Irons are touted to offer £16m for King, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Silva is under contract at the Deutsche Bank Park through to the summer of 2023 on €50,000-per-week (£44.5k-p/w) terms, after joining Eintracht Frankfurt permanently from AC Milan in the last transfer window for just €9m (£8m).
The 25-year-old had set Milan back €38m (£34m) when signed from Porto in 2017 but never lived up to his price tag at the San Siro, scoring just 10 goals in 41 games. Yet he rediscovered his touch in front of the net with Frankfurt last season, striking 16 times in 37 matches during an initial year-long loan deal.
Silva has continued to thrive in Germany since completing his bargain move to Adi Hutter’s side, with his brace at DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday moving his tally for the term to 15 goals in 19 outings, plus five assists, across all competitions.
Moyes could find his and West Ham’s dream striker solution with a move to acquire Silva in the January transfer window, but will be expected to face serious reluctance to sell with the £25m-rated attacker proving to be a pivotal weapon in Hutter’s arsenal.
Silva has scored at least one goal in more than half of his Bundesliga outings thus far this season, and has only sat out one German top-flight fixture as a result of an injury when a muscular problem prevented his involvement in December’s 2-1 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg.
That loss has proved to be Frankfurt’s only defeat in their last 13 league games after beating Armenia 5-1 on Saturday, with Die Adler proving to be strong contenders for Champions League qualification.
Silva is neither under or overperforming at present, too, with the 37-cap Portugal international – once lauded by Cristiano Ronaldo for his “phenomenal” record – scoring on par with his expected goals record, per FBref.
He is additionally not afraid to switch play, constantly harries opponents, uses any part of his body to control the ball and is rarely caught offside.
Michail Antonio’s high workrate was considered to be a key factor in why he was relentlessly favoured over Haller since Moyes’ return to east London, with the Ivory Coast international not believed to have shown the same determination to make a difference – something that would not be said of Silva.