Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood backed his old club’s pursuit of Reims striker Boulaye Dia.
The Hammers are in the market to sign a centre-forward this month after Sebastien Haller’s exit and a number of attackers have been targeted.
However, one of the latest rumours surrounds Dia. According to Sport.fr, the Irons have submitted an offer to sign the 24-year-old in January.
That bid is supposedly around the €10m (£8.9m) mark, so it won’t set David’s Gold and Sullivan back too much.
The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in just 18 appearances in Ligue 1 this term which bodes well for any potential move to London.
It’s a swoop that’s been urged to happen by former West Ham striker Harewood. Speaking exclusively to FFC this week, he revealed that getting Dia would be a good piece of business.
“It seems like he’s got goals, and he’s got a good ratio at the moment. It’s just one of those things like when it comes to the Premier League, how quickly settled and how quickly he gets to grips of playing with West Ham and the way they play,” he began.
Harewood continued: “So hopefully he’s another Antonio because he’s been absolutely fantastic. And that’s the sort of player that West Ham need upfront, to help him out by playing both of them or when Antonio’s not playing, he’s the same type of player that West Ham need running the frontline.”
Dia’s form has rather come out of nowhere this season. Last term, the forward netted only eight times, so he’s already surpassed that tally in 2020/21 by some margin.
Whether West Ham’s initial bid proves successful is doubtful at this stage, with Reims looking for an increased fee of €15m (£13.3m) in order to let him go.
This would certainly be an interesting acquisition if West Ham can get a deal done.