West Ham’s focus is on one thing this January – finding a new striker.
Sebastien Haller departed the club for £20.25m last week as he swapped London for Amsterdam, joining European giants Ajax. Thus, a replacement is needed.
However, in fresher news, it’s another Real Madrid attacker that’s on their radar. According to Caught Offside, West Ham have made an enquiry to sign Serbia striker Luka Jovic.
The report states that the Irons want to sign Jovic on an initial loan deal with an option to buy the forward in the summer.
He cost Madrid £52.4m just 18 months ago so they could be set to lose an almighty profit on the Serb.
The east Londoners were interested in Jovic during the summer months but a deal failed to materialise.
It would be typical of West Ham to sign the 23-year-old just as Haller has left. The duo were sensational together for Frankfurt in the 2018/19 campaign, bagging a combined 47 goals.
Landing Jovic, though, would certainly not be a bad thing. Although he’s scored just twice since penning terms with Real, he is a breathtaking striker capable of changing a game.
He scored 27 in one season for Frankfurt only two seasons ago and he’s held in remarkably high esteem by one of the greatest ever; Lionel Messi.
Speaking about the attacker, Messi once stated: “[He’s a] magical player who makes the impossible possible.”
That is a glistening review for a player who could well be West Ham’s new Carlos Tevez. The bullish striker was an instinctive predator and found the net on seven occasions in just 29 games for the Irons. That was before he went onto have a sparkling career with Manchester City and Manchester United, eventually ending with 84 Premier League strikes in just 202 outings.
Tevez was a ruthless poacher who more often than not, found the back of the net from close range. This is nearly the spitting image of Jovic, a forward who enjoys bullying defenders inside the area.
In an analysis from Football Whispers, they defined the youngster like so: “Ultimately, Jovic is a striker’s striker. Quick and instinctive with an excellent appreciation of space and inert knowledge of where the goal is.”
That could very well describe Tevez too, someone who was very much as dynamic as Jovic is.
Of course, the Serb is yet to live up to the Argentine’s dizzy heights but he’s still a very young player. With time on his side, he’d be a superb addition from David Sullivan and West Ham’s hierarchy.