West Ham are among the teams interested in signing Wout Weghorst this summer…
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that the Irons are keen on the 28-year-old striker after his glistening season in front of goal for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
It’s thought that the German outfit, who qualified for the Champions League thanks to his goalscoring exploits, would sanction the six-cap Dutch international’s exit if their €30m (£26m) asking price is met.
Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also mooted as having an interest, so with such a reasonable price tag, it seems that a move to the English top-flight is on the cards.
Of all the strikers that the Hammers have been linked to in recent months, Weghorst is perhaps the most interesting of the lot. He would certainly offer the East London outfit a new dimension to their attack.
Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham is believed to be David Moyes’ top striker target this summer but he should look to shelve this in favour of a move for the 6 foot 6 goalscoring giant.
In 43 appearances across all competitions, Weghorst found the net 25 times and also provided nine assists. That’s one direct contribution every 104 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
By comparison, the 23-year-old Englishman – who is expected to command a whopping £40m this transfer window – has only bagged 30 goals across his entire Blues career and whilst age may be on his side, he does not present good value for money like Weghorst.
Despite being a towering presence, the Dutch talisman is anything but a slouch in attack. He’s relentless in the press and simply put, he works his socks off, which is why he has drawn some comparisons to Jamie Vardy. He too has risen up through the leagues as a late bloomer.
His 18.2 pressures per game puts him amongst the top 20% of strikers, whilst a rating of 96/99 in the tackle is the fourth-highest across Europe and the best in the Bundesliga, as per stats sourced by The Athletic.
This attribute is something that many around him, both past and present, have picked up on. Teammate Admir Mehmedi once described him as “so crazy” for the amount of running he does for the side, whilst former head coach Bruno Labbadia dubbed him “tireless.”
Weghorst has also been likened to former Premier League great Ruud van Nistelrooy.
He added: “He’s tall, strong, even though he’s really tall, possesses a great touch – his movement is underappreciated in the Bundesliga. His threat inside the area, his work ethic in pressing the opposition defence.”
In Michail Antonio, Moyes has a short, quick and explosive threat that can play off the shoulder of a defender, so he could add a new dimension with the 6 foot 6 powerhouse.
Evidently, he has an eye for goal and will work his socks off for the team. Perhaps it is Weghorst who should sit atop the Scot’s transfer wishlist this summer.