West Ham United have been linked with a move for Benfica striker Haris Seferovic as they look to bolster their attacking options.
The Hammers have reportedly made contact with the Portuguese giants after a stellar campaign from the 29-year-old attracted their attention, according to O Jogo (print edition, July 5th, page 13).
A separate report in The Mirror has claimed Seferovic’s services will cost up to £25 million this summer, despite the £50m buyout clause in the Switzerland international’s contract.
After an incredible sixth-place finish in the Premier League standings last term, West Ham will be looking to bolster their ranks ahead of regular Thursday night fixtures in the Europa League next season.
The capital club were left with Michail Antonio as their only recognised striker when Sebastien Haller departed for Ajax back in January, meaning a new forward is thought to be high up on David Moyes’ wish list.
His brace against reigning European champions France was crucial in his nation’s run to the quarter-finals of the competition, and his standout displays seemingly caught the eye of several sides across the continent.
Fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly in the race to secure Seferovic’s signature, but news that the West Ham hierarchy have made contact with Benfica will surely leave Moyes on Cloud Nine.
The addition of another proven goalscorer to the east London outfit’s ranks would be a huge bonus to their chances of success in the upcoming campaign, and his style appears to be a perfect match.
Seferovic thrives off of quality service into the box and excels at holding up the ball and bringing others into play, assets which would serve him well under Moyes’ tutelage, should he make a switch to England.
The Scottish manager needs another striker going into next season, and he’d surely love to have one like Seferovic.