West Ham are set to reignite interest in summer transfer target Youssef En-Nesyri this winter…
According to reports in Spain, the Irons will return for the Sevilla frontman during the January transfer window as David Moyes and co finally look to find that elusive new forward.
It’s claimed that West Ham failed in their attempts to secure him before the start of the 2021/22 campaign but they could soon launch another attempt to sign him.
It remains to be seen how much the 24-year-old would command and if the La Liga side are even open to a sale halfway through the season, though Transfermarkt currently value him at £36m.
With the Hammers in desperate need for alternatives up top, a move for the 35-time Morocco international would make the world of sense in 2022.
The Sevilla talisman bagged 24 goals in all competitions last season, in which six came in eight Champions League appearances, via Transfermarkt – a good sign considering they are the heights that the east Londoners are aspiring to reach in the near future.
He has since continued that fine form into the new season, finding the net another three times in six league games, even despite coveted interest throughout the summer.
Moyes is merely one injury away from a complete nightmare at the London Stadium. His only senior striker is Michail Antonio, 31, who has suffered from persistent injury problems throughout his career. He has not started more than 24 top-flight games in any of the last four seasons.
This is exactly the problem that new head of recruitment Rob Newman needs to fix, and given his experience and reputation from Manchester City, he could be the man to deliver such a transfer masterclass.
The former Norwich City defender, now a talent-spotter, played a big part in the Premier League champions signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018, so that connection to the Spanish top-flight could pay dividends once again.
Once dubbed a “world-beater” by Sky Sports commentator Terry Gibson, En-Nesyri would be quite the coup for the Irons in January. Gibson later added: “He’s quick, he’s strong, great attitude, his finishing has improved, his first touch has improved, his movement has improved – all those things you expect players to improve on, he is doing.”
There’s surely not a better signing to kickstart Newman’s reign at the club. He would be instantly solving one of the biggest problems in the squad right now.