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West Ham could ditch Antonio for Viktor Gyokeres

West Ham United could offer Gianluca Scamacca some striking relief, and potentially ditch Michail Antonio this January…

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As per Alan Nixon, speaking to his Patreon, the Hammers are one of several English clubs eyeing a swoop for Viktor Gyokeres.

Looking to prey on the financial troubles of Coventry City, it is thought that the Sweden international could be snatched at a cut price.

As such, Everton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all referenced in the report as keen on his signature.

Ditch Antonio

It was thought that their £35.5m summer expenditure on Scamacca would see him prove to be the natural successor to their Jamaican marksman, but he has struggled to find his feet in England.

The Italian has just two goals in domestic competition this season and looks unlikely to replicate his 16-goal campaign in his final year in Italy.

Given his youth, it was expected that he would not become an instant success, but with Antonio at 32 years old now the Irons do need someone to make up for his inevitable decline.

Despite being their all-time top scorer in the Premier League, he has been known to suffer from injuries, and his seniority will likely see this exacerbated.

In Gyokeres they could add a consistent stream of goals, given how he already has 107 across his career at just 24 years old.

This season has seen him bag nine times in the Championship for a struggling Sky Blues side, using his 6 foot 2 frame to good effect.

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His signing would also mark one of a few times where West Ham have dipped into the division below for talent, with Jarrod Bowen the outstanding example.

Last season saw the former Hull City wide man record an outstanding 31 goal contributions for his east London outfit.

When speaking to the press, Gyokeres’ manager Mark Robins has been vocal in his praise for the finisher but has also yielded they are at “the mercy of predators” when the transfer window rolls around.

He said: “He has some unbelievable ability – power, technique. He has got everything in his locker and that desire and hunger to score goals, and he’s also got a really angry side as well…”.

With Antonio entering the twilight of his career, this hulking frontman could step in to shine in his place at the London Stadium.