ExWHUemployee has delivered an intriguing update on West Ham’s search for a new striker this week…
According to the anonymous but ever-reliable source, David Moyes appears to be interested in three main attacking targets.
Speaking on his ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast, he said:
“As I’ve said repeatedly, Tammy Abraham is the first choice.
“With him, again, there’s a lot of interest. Notably Aston Villa, I think Crystal Palace possibly – although I can’t see them paying the sort of fee that is wanted by Chelsea. At the moment Chelsea, want around £40m.
“We need to decide whether we think that’s an acceptable fee or not. I think we value him more at £25-30m – so we shall see what happens there but we are definitely keen on him.
“The other one is Sima, who is at our feeder club effectively [Slavia Prague]. We believe he’s got a lot of potential and also he’s from a club that we like dealing with.
“Another forward that got mentioned recently was (Patson) Daka.”
As Ex explains, the Chelsea outcast may well be the Scotsman’s top target but with his value set at an extortionate price – much above what they are willing to pay – it could be wise for the Irons to look elsewhere.
This is where Sima fits the bill.
Not only have the club had success dealing with Slavia Prague before but he’s touted to have big potential on the back of a very lucrative debut campaign.
Across all competitions, the 19-year-old gem bagged 20 goals. He also provided eight assists, meaning he averaged a direct goal contribution once every 98 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
Moyes is in dire need of additions to his frontline this summer as he cannot afford to go into the new campaign with just one option, an injury-prone Michail Antonio, but they shouldn’t stump up the cash for Abraham at that £40m asking price.
It’s thought that Sima would be a lot cheaper at just €25m (£22.5m) and considering he’s been likened to both Thierry Henry and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the past, that could prove to be a bargain.
In fact, Abraham has only scored ten more goals across his whole Chelsea career (80 appearances) than Sima has bagged in one season. It would just make more sense to take a punt on the 19-year-old wonderkid instead, leaving further funds to bolster other areas.