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West Ham are battling to sign Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas

West Ham United are one of several Premier League clubs after Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas this summer.

What’s the word?

That’s according to a report from Spain (via The Hard Tackle), which notes the Hammers will face three rivals in the race for the Spanish striker’s signature.

Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle are said to all be interested, with the Spanish club willing to sell so Diego Martinez can spend.

They are hoping to earn something around €35m (£30m) for his services.

Antonio’s heir

With West Ham often struggling to find the perfect Michail Antonio replacement, perhaps David Moyes could finally have landed on their ideal man in De Tomas.

Standing at just 5-foot-9, the forward makes up for his diminutive figure with sharp movements and incredible passing range. He ranks in the 99th percentile for pass completion per 90 amongst strikers in Europe’s big five leagues over the last 365 days.

The Spaniard is actually the same size as the bulky Jamaican, but the latter is far more muscular which lends to his ability to battle with centre-backs.

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West Ham United manager David Moyes applauds the fans

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Not only this, but managing his 34 LaLiga appearances last season would already be an improvement on the often-injured Antonio. He managed a further 37 appearances in the 2020/21 campaign and 32 in all competitions in the 2019/20 season.

De Tomas managed 17 goals across these fixtures, making for a fine return for the 27-year-old. His incredible goalscoring led to James Dodd labelling him “emphatic” – while the journalist also noted his “fantastic movement”.

With all the creative players that would surround him at the London Stadium, this movement would be very important and could explain Moyes’ interest in the striker.

Could Raul de Tomas replace Michail Antonio at West Ham?

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His fine performances deservedly led to the best average SofaScore rating amongst his Espanyol teammates (of those that played over three games) as they finished 14th in LaLiga – earning a 7.09 rating.

Conversely, the player he would be succeeding only managed a 6.97 average SofaScore rating.

Antonio did manage 35 league games last season, but at the age of 32, this is sure to start decreasing over time. Now is the perfect time for this fan favourite to be phased out in favour of a player entering his prime.

AND in other news: “Next week…”: Ornstein reveals West Ham transfer development, Moyes will be buzzing

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