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Aaron Boupendza: West Ham’s next Michail Antonio?

West Ham could find another Michail Antonio if David Moyes reignites interest in one of his striker targets this summer…

What’s the word?

Back in March, 90min listed the Irons among the teams monitoring Hatayspor striker Aaron Boupendza ahead of a potential move, and now they have learned how much it’ll cost to prise the 24-year-old away.

According to honorary president Lutfu Savas to Turkish outlet Sabah, they will only let the versatile Gabonese frontman leave for €8m (£6.8m).

The Hammers are likely to face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, where Boupendza’s fellow countryman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is captain, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Southampton, to name just a few.

Should WHU reignite interest in Boupendza?

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Shades of Antonio?

Moyes has had Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham atop his shortlist for most of the summer but any move for him seems to be dead in the water after ExWHUemployee revealed that he had no intention of joining the East London outfit.

It leaves the 58-year-old in a sticky situation as he’s heading into the new season with only one senior striker in Antonio, so something needs to happen soon.

Perhaps he should look to reignite his interest in Boupendza, especially as there are plenty of similarities to be had with the 31-year-old forward.

The 16-cap Gabon international found the net a whopping 22 times during the 2020/21 campaign, which was the most in the Turkish top-flight.

He did so playing both centrally and out on the wing, In fact, 24 of his 38 appearances came on the left flank, whilst he was deployed through the middle on eight occasions.

Before the intervention of Moyes, Antonio began life as a right winger but has emerged as a prolific marksman ever since that transformation. Last season, he finished the campaign as the Hammers’ top scorer on ten goals.

Boupendza has similar abilities, having been described as a very strong dribbler and finisher by WhoScored, which is backed up by his average of 3.1 shots and 2.6 dribbles per league outing last season.

Furthermore, the 24-year-old gem has been lauded as a “very good footballer” and a “goal machine” by Hatayspor president Nihat Tazearslan.

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WHO IS THE PLAYER?

The 5 foot 11 dynamo has even been likened to Kylian Mbappe and considering his nickname is the “panther“, it suggests that he has explosive speed which could devastate defences in the Premier League.

Evidently, Boupendza has an eye for goal and he could well be worth a chance for just £6.8m, especially considering Moyes’ coaching – something we’ve seen first-hand with Antonio.

GSB should look to get him in following the recent Abraham setback.

AND in other news, Moyes risks repeating fatal Pellegrini mistake if West Ham sign £120k-p/w “passenger”

Article title: Aaron Boupendza: West Ham’s next Michail Antonio?

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