West Ham United have been offered a bargain solution to their ongoing striker problems but he’s not of interest to David Moyes…
According to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee, the Irons have previously held an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea and have watched him recently.
He has been offered to Moyes and co this window, though it is thought that any potential is not close as the Hammers have never submitted a bid.
The 28-year-old frontman is available for just £15m but right now, other options are being explored instead.
The Hammers’ search for an alternative option to injury-prone Michail Antonio continues to frantically rumble on, with less than two weeks to go in the transfer window.
GSB sanctioned the exit of club-record flop Sebastian Haller back in January yet have failed to replace him ever since, meaning Moyes had to close out the season with the 31-year-old, who missed three of their last eight matches.
Now with the east Londoners in the Europa League, the need for another striker has increased tenfold, so it’s quite the risk to leave their business so late.
If Plea has indeed been offered to them for just £15m, then the Scot would be foolish to not consider sanctioning a move.
The Frenchman has already gotten the new Bundesliga season off to a perfect start with a goal against defending champions Bayern Munich on the opening day, though he’s not really been prolific throughout his career.
But that doesn’t matter.
After all, the £19.8m-rated star will be playing second fiddle to Antonio and his versatility presents Moyes with even more options, such as providing further depth out wide behind the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma, particularly after the exit of Felipe Anderson.
Across 109 appearances for Gladbach, Plea has found the net 38 times and has also provided 20 assists, meaning he contributes towards a goal once every 131.5 minutes, via Transfermarkt. Not too shabby at all.
Bundesliga.com have likened the 5 foot 11 talisman to Harry Kane, largely thanks to his unpredictability in leading the frontline – he can play with his back to goal, can run the channels, and is strong and robust.
The self-proclaimed “fighter” would be a very interesting option before the August 31st deadline and with other alternatives going elsewhere, it would be wise for Moyes to complete a U-turn over his stance on Plea.