West Ham United are set to launch a bid in an attempt to bring Alberth Elis to the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Portuguese media outlet A Bola, who claim that the Hammers, as well as Brighton & Hove Albion, Celtic and Southampton, are considering a move for the Boavista centre-forward in the summer transfer window.
The report continues by stating that the 25-year-old would be open to a Premier League switch, while the Liga NOS side are also eager to sell the Honduras international in order to raise funds, with it being reported that an offer of €10m (£8.5m) should be enough to get a deal over the line.
While it is undeniable that West Ham are in need of attacking reinforcements this summer, with David Moyes currently only having the option of Michail Antonio as an out and out centre-forward in his first-team squad, fans of the club should be slightly worried if Elis is the man the club bring in to provide competition for the 31-year-old Hammers striker this summer.
The £3.6m-rated man did enjoy a fine season last time out for Boavista, scoring eight goals, registering six assists and creating seven big chances over his 31 Primeira Liga appearances for Joao Pedro Sousa’s side, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots and making one key pass per game.
These returns saw the forward, who can play on the left, through the middle or on the right of a front three, earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75, ranking him as the Portuguese club’s 12th-best performer in Liga NOS.
His Honduras teammate, and former Celtic star, Emilio Izaguirre, said of him: “He’s a very good, fast player. He’s very fast and strong and he’s good in the air. He’s played a lot of football and is good on the ball.”
However, with West Ham playing in the Europa League next season, as well as being linked with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Youssef En-Nesyri in the summer transfer window, the argument is not too difficult to make that the Hammers could do with the addition of a striker who is slightly more proven, as well as clinical, than the 25-year-old Boavista man.
As such, while a move for either Abraham or En-Nesyri may not come off, these are very much the calibre of centre-forward that David Gold and David Sullivan should be considering this summer, rather than placing their faith in a somewhat unknown quantity after a relatively decent campaign in Portugal.