West Ham moved one step closer to signing Abdallah Sima, according to reports…
The Daily Mail claim the Irons have opened discussions with Slavia Prague over a potential swoop for the 19-year-old sensation ahead of the summer transfer window.
His manager Jindrich Trpisovsky has confirmed David Moyes’ interest, too.
“There is interest in Abdallah Sima. There’s a set price at which he could leave,” he revealed. “We focus on managing the rest of the season with us. We talked about it with the boys from West Ham, where they have him very high on the list of possible reinforcements.”
Whilst the report does not mention a valuation, it is thought that the Senegal international would be available for around €25m (£22m), as per iSport.
Sima would be an intriguing candidate to fill West Ham’s desperate void upfront.
It is no secret that a new forward is Moyes’ top priority going into the transfer window after the club failed to find a replacement for the departed Sebastian Haller in January.
That’s a goal or assist every 1.3 matches – or one direct goal contribution every 97 minutes, which is better than Mo Salah (one every 111 minutes) in the Premier League right now.
He has primarily been deployed at right wing but is seen as a centre-forward in the long run, which is why he’s drawn comparisons to Premier League great Thierry Henry as well as another Arsenal superstar.
Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig likened him to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has noted his key attributes as being “pace, finishing, dribbling, technique, ball control, heading.”
This merely echoes the thoughts of ex-Bayern man Brian Laudrup, who lauded Sima a “wonderful player” who is “very good in the air and can take players on. He’s quick and is scoring for fun in the Czech league.”
Also dubbed a “huge talent,” he has already proven his credentials against English opposition, bagging a goal to help knock FA Cup winners Leicester City out of the Europa League back in February.
Given the successes of Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek, the Hammers should have confidence in striking gold from the Czech top-flight once again.
Sima could well be the ideal solution to Moyes’ biggest problem and as a result, he could find his own Aubameyang-like threat in attack – a mouth-watering prospect at the London Stadium, that’s for sure.