West Ham United have their sights set on a new striker this summer, if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to TEAMtalk, The Irons are among several Premier League teams keeping a close eye on Young Boys forward Jean-Pierre Nsame ahead of the transfer window.
It’s claimed that the Cameroon international has emerged as a potential target for the East Londoners, though they’re likely to face competition from Newcastle United and Southampton, as well as Celtic.
Whilst no fee is mentioned in the report, Transfermarkt currently value the 27-year-old at just over £6m, with his contract due to expire in 2023.
The Hammers have been here before – a striker scoring for fun in Europe, so they must approach with caution.
Nsame has proven to be one of the most consistent goalscorers on the continent, bagging 78 goals in 120 appearances since joining the Belgian top-flight, also featuring in the Champions and Europa League, too.
That’s one goal every 1.5 matches, whilst this season alone, he has found the net 25 times in all competitions, including a pair of strikes against AS Roma, as per Transfermarkt.
Back in 2020, the 6 foot 2 powerhouse was lauded for his ability by Young Boys manager Gerardo Seoane, who told kick442:
“Jean-Pierre Nsame has had an extraordinary season. He has really progress especially in terms of taking responsibility in the team. He is very physical, with an unbelievable ability in front of goal,” claimed the 42-year-old. “He is very present in the penalty area and all the balls that come, he puts them in the back of the net, thanks to his technic and strength.”
He also went onto suggest he was “hard-working” and “not egotistical,” which only bolsters claims to sign him this summer.
However, the blunder over Sebastien Haller must be considered with any talisman overseas.
Having cost £45m in 2019, the French-born Ivory Coast international moved to Ajax in January for less than half that price (£20.2m), via Sky Sports.
After a lucrative season for Frankfurt, bagging 20 goals in all competitions, everyone at the London Stadium had every reason to be excited for his arrival but in return, he struggle to adapt to the English top-flight.
The Irons saw him score only 14 goals in 53 appearances – once every 3.7 matches – and his time will always be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Belgium’s elite division is still some way off the standard in the Premier League, and we’ve seen players like Wesley and Mbwana Samatta come over and struggle.
GSB must approach any deal here with caution, otherwise, Moyes will be left in another sticky situation.