West Ham United could discover their next Carlos Tevez this January amid interest in Darwin Nunez.
Portuguese newspaper Record mooted the Irons with interest in the Benfica talisman earlier this week (as relayed by Sport Witness), though there is fierce competition for his signature from many of Europe’s elite. The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan are among the teams listed by the report.
Currently valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old would be a mighty fine addition to the Hammers, who are on a massive upward trajectory, having made the knockout stages of the Europa League and remain challenging for a place inside the Premier League’s top four.
The six-cap Uruguay international is averaging a goal every 86 minutes across the Eagles’ major competitions this season – that’s 11 goals in 15 appearances, building substantially on last season’s total of 14 goals in 44 games, per Transfermarkt.
Nunez has been compared to the likes of Luis Suarez and Alvaro Morata, a pair of strikers who have had differing success in the English top-flight in the past, whilst the young forward has been dubbed a “complete forward” and a “poacher” by scout Jacek Kulig.
The Hammers have endured some pretty tragic strikers over the years and the need for a new addition to provide the perfect foil to Michail Antonio is paramount this winter.
Given his poaching and evident goalscoring capabilities, West Ham’s head of recruitment Rob Newman could well stumble across their next Carlos Tevez, who joined Upton Park as a relatively unknown star in Europe, having never played outside of Argentina or Brazil at that point.
In some ways, there are similarities to be had with the 6 foot 2 Nunez, who went from Uruguayan giants Penarol to Spanish second-tier outfit Almeria and then to Benfica in 2020, so he has yet to make the step into a major league.
Not only would the east Londoners be getting a quite outstanding solution to their striker search nightmare, but also a potential future star who could go onto big, big things in the game, also being lauded as having “world-class potential.”
The Irons must win the coveted race for Nunez this January.
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