West Ham United are facing serious competition for Abdallah Sima ahead of the summer transfer window…
Premier League rivals Manchester United are the latest team to be linked to the impressive teenager, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that the Red Devils are ‘monitoring’ his progress.
Transfermarkt currently value the 19-year-old at just shy of £10m, but Prague chairman Jaroslav Tvrdik claimed to iSport last month that he would only sell Sima for a fee in the region of €25m (£22m).
Even though The Irons are firmly in the running for a European berth this season, interest from United is rather worrying as, despite their lack of silverware success in recent seasons, they are still a hard team to turn down given their illustrious history and the club’s stature in the game.
West Ham’s owners, GSB, cannot afford to sit back and watch another team come in for their mooted top transfer target, so they must now act to secure David Moyes a new striker.
It may only be the teen’s first full season in senior football but he’s proven that he has enormous potential, having bagged 19 goals in all competitions this term, via Transfermarkt.
Primarily playing as a right-winger, the Prague sensation can also play through the middle and has drawn lofty comparisons to that of Thierry Henry, who started his career in the same role before being transformed into one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever strikers by Arsene Wenger.
The 6 foot 2 attacker has earned many a glowing endorsement over the last six months or so.
Former Bayern Munich and Rangers star Brian Laudrup, who too played in a similar position, told the Daily Mail (via GlasgowLive): “Sima, in particular, is a wonderful player. He is only 19 years of age, but is very good in the air and can take players on. He’s quick and is scoring for fun in the Czech league.”
Whilst Chelsea advisor, and ex-goalkeeper, Petr Cech believes “there aren’t many players like this in Europe.” And that should have David Gold and David Sullivan eager to act upon their interest as soon as possible.
We know too well about the success stories of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, so there should be absolutely no worries over sanctioning a move for a young striker lighting up a division like the Czech top-flight.
If GSB rest on their laurels, then they would well be made to pay with two of their European-chasing rivals in contention for Sima too. They must look to pay that £22m sooner rather than later.
AND in other news, GSB could land Moyes another Haller in “unbelievable 25-goal beast…