West Ham United may need to battle some of their top-flight rivals to the signature of Cyle Larin this January, according to reports…
TEAMtalk claim that the Irons are amongst several Premier League clubs plotting a move for the Besiktas talisman in the upcoming transfer window.
Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton and Everton are also mentioned with interest, though it remains to be seen exactly how much the 26-year-old Canadian would command.
Transfermarkt value the Eagles frontman at just £10.35m.
Larin would be an intriguing candidate to fill the gaping attacking void in David Moyes’ squad.
As January quickly approaches, so too will the one-year mark of Sebastien Haller’s departure from the London Stadium. Whilst it is true that the £45m man was a club-record flop, he has never been replaced with an alternative, leaving the Scot light on options in the final third.
An injury-prone, 31-year-old Michail Antonio has had to carry the burden all by himself in that time. Not only is that a risky game to play due to his record on the treatment table, but it also leaves Moyes with very little choice when he is out of form, as he is right now.
The Jamaica international has looked jaded in recent weeks as he extended his barren run to nine games with just the one goal. There is no other striker to provide him with support or to take the pressure off and that’s as a result of their decisions in recent windows.
Larin, who has scored 22 times in 44 games at international level, has been just as prolific on the domestic stage, having delivered 23 goals in 45 appearances last season. That form has carried into the current campaign, where he has bagged five times including in the Champions League, per Transfermarkt.
Once at Orlando City in the MLS, the Canadian striker earned praise from then-teammate and legendary AC Milan midfielder Kaka, who tipped him for big things.
“I think Cyle can go far,” the Brazilian said at an MLS media day, via Goal.com. “Cyle is a very good player and the third season for us will be great, but I think Cyle can play in a big team in Europe as well.”
Elsewhere, national team head coach John Herdman dubbed the 6 foot 2 marksman “an absolute predator” in front of goal, which is perhaps the most glowing of endorsements for a centre-forward.
If the Hammers’ head of recruitment Rob Newman wants to end Moyes’ striker search nightmare, then he ought to look no further than Larin, who could be quite an astute signing given his track record and ability.
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