West Ham United aren’t close to signing Patson Daka despite recent reports…
That’s according to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee, who delivered a fresh update on the situation on his Patreon site ‘The West Ham Way’.
He wrote: “Whilst there has always been an interest in Patson Daka and he was someone that we have scouted and enquired about in the past, I believe talk of him joining the club is premature.
“One good thing that we have in our favour is that his agent is former Hammer Freddie Kanoute who loved his time at the club and would encourage a move.
“Whilst we are meant to be keen on the player I believe there are other clubs, including Liverpool who are much further down the line with this potential signing.”
This will come as a blow to many at the London Stadium as plenty of excitement had started to ramp up amid speculation that the Irons were close to sealing his signature.
Zambian news outlet ZamFoot claimed last week that David Moyes’ side were the ‘favourites’ to land the prolific 22-year-old forward. He is expected to cost around £25m and has been excused from international duties in order to resolve his immediate future, which appears to lie away from RB Salzburg.
Ex is as trustworthy as they come, and his claim that top-flight rivals Liverpool are further ahead with their pursuit is frustrating given the Irons’ desperate need for frontline additions this summer.
Plenty of the Hammers faithful will be far from pleased with this update, too, as he’s a player who many appear to want in east London. As relayed by Football Transfer Tavern, some fans were begging to sign him in response to ZamFoot’s report.
After the departure of Sebastian Haller in January, Moyes was left with one senior option up top, an injury-prone Michail Antonio, who has been converted into a striker in recent seasons.
It’s no wonder fans and the manager alike are desperate for a new signing in the role, and that’s where Daka poses an intriguing prospect. Having drawn comparisons to greats like Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o, the young talisman would surely have no problem adapting to the English top flight.
As per Transfermarkt, Daka has scored a whopping 34 goals in the 2020/21 season, whilst also providing 14 assists, and that has led to plenty of glowing endorsements.
He would certainly seem an excellent option under Moyes, yet Ex’s update suggests that this may not happen. That won’t please many around the London Stadium, that’s for sure.