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West Ham plotting bid for Emmanuel Dennis

West Ham United opted against bolstering their offensive line in the January transfer window but it doesn’t look like David Moyes is ready to make the same mistake twice.

What’s the word?

West Ham are interested in signing Emmanuel Dennis from Watford this summer according to the Mirror.

The already-relegated striker is on the radar of the Irons with the club’s hierarchy believed to be weighing up a £20m bid for the attacker.

That said, the Hammers may need to fork out up to £30m in order to get their man.

Sign him up

West Ham haven’t got much wrong this season.

They are on the cusp of qualifying for Europe again and enjoyed a miraculous run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Would Dennis be a good signing for West Ham?

Definitely!

Definitely!

No chance!

No chance!

It’s hard to find fault with their football and their practices behind closed doors but not investing in a striker over the winter has arguably cost them dearly.

Michail Antonio will run himself into the ground for Moyes but he has been the club’s sole centre forward for the entirety of the 2021/22 campaign.

The Jamaica international’s efforts have to be applauded but such is his workload that performances have dwindled at times, scoring just twice in the top-flight since the turn of the year.

That’s why signing Dennis would be a particularly good idea.

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He’s not exactly had the best service at Vicarage Road which makes his first season in the Premier League all the more impressive.

Dubbed “superb” by one journalist, he has found the net on ten occasions while registering six assists in the process.

Rather amusingly, he also ranks at the top of the tree when it comes to nutmegs in England’s premier division this campaign with a whopping 21.

Clearly a nightmare for opposition defenders, the forward is also similar to a certain Jarrod Bowen.

FB Ref’s detailed statistics reveal that the pair are ‘similar players’ and despite the duo operating in different positions, there are plenty of comparable attributes.

For starters, they shoot with similar regularity. Throughout 2021/22, Dennis has registered 0.94 shots on target per 90 compared to Bowen’s 1.03, via FB Ref.

When it comes to pass completion, they are both successful with 68%, while they also complete around five and a half passes under pressure per 90 minutes.

Furthermore, their shot-creating actions per 90 are also pretty alike with the Nigerian registering 3.17 per 90 compared to the England hopeful’s 2.96.

Finally, they both take the same number of touches per 90 at 38 and are successful with 41.5-44.5% of their dribbles.

It took Bowen a while to finally get up to speed in the Premier League but since then he’s been a spectacular piece of business.

GSB will have to hope that Dennis turns out the same way. Given his experience of England already, however, it would be a surprise if he didn’t settle in quickly.

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