West Ham United are closing in on the signing of Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.
With only four days to go until the deadline, David Gold, David Sullivan, and Karen Brady must top off their January window by fulfilling one of David Moyes’ biggest needs.
A new striker.
The Hammers have been linked with an array of names over the past three-and-a-half weeks, but one name sticks out the best option.
Earlier this week, the Daily Mail claimed Frankfurt talisman Andre Silva was among the options on Moyes’ transfer shortlist, and it’s easy to see why given his form this campaign.
The 25-year-old Portugal international has delivered 15 goals from 19 appearances in all competitions, via Transfermarkt, averaging a goal every 109 minutes.
West Ham may find themselves in a European spot right now, but defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek is their top-goalscorer with seven for the season. His imposing presence has been a big threat from set-pieces.
Michail Antonio isn’t too far behind with five goals in 12 appearances.
Some in east London may reserve judgement on Silva, after all, the last signing from the very same Bundesliga outfit hardly set the ground alight, but hold fire as the prolific 6 foot 1 marksman is vastly different.
It’s not often a player receives substantial praise from one of the game’s greatest-ever players, but Silva has.
During his time at Porto, he caught international teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s attention, who claimed the Portuguese striker was “doing a phenomenal job.”
Whilst Silva has also been likened to Robert Lewandowski in recent weeks.
His current boss Adi Hutter said: “Andre Silva is the solo forward up top, but he does it really well. His composure on penalties reminds me of Robert Lewandowski, who always turns ice cold.”
Indeed, Moyes deploys a similar system at the Irons – a solitary man upfront – and as evident by those comments and his record this term, the 37-cap beast can fulfil that role immensely, and that makes him vastly different to Haller.
As Portuguese football expert and journalist Tom Kundert told ESPN FC in 2016, Silva is a “goal machine” – he’s found the net wherever he’s been, only dipping below a ten-goal total for a season once in his career, unlike the one-season wonder exploits of the departed Hammers flop.
West Ham could create a dream January duo by securing Silva after Lingard’s arrival. Having the England wizard sat behind him in the no.10 role or on the right-flank could pay serious dividends.
Last term, Lingard, who has been likened to Andres Iniesta, averaged 1.9 key passes per 90, proving his creative exploits. That is a number that isn’t matched by any of Moyes’ current attacking midfield options.
GSB must secure this late double-swoop before Monday’s deadline. Moyes would have a dream partnership if he can get the duo on the same wavelength.
Just imagine Silva and Lingard with a supporting cast of Declan Rice, Soucek, Said Benrahma and Antonio.
AND in other news, Irons could find their next Defoe…