West Ham has re-ignited their interest in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuyai yet again. Hammers fans seem to have moved on from the Belgian striker and would rather see someone else brought in ahead of him. There are plenty of other options for the Hammers to chase.
Chelsea pipped West Ham to the signature of Batshuyai from Marseille, and he has had a mixed time since his move. The 26-year has scored 25 goals for Chelsea in 77 appearances, mostly from the bench. The Belgian also had successful loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace, either side of a bad loan at Valencia.
Chelsea would be looking for around £20 million for Batshuyai. The Blues won’t want to make an even bigger loss on a player they signed for £35 million four years ago. Batshuyai has had mixed success since he moved to the Premier League. The Hammers should look elsewhere for a new striker that would fit David Moyes’ new transfer policy.
West Ham has had plenty of time watching Brentford’s team over the last few seasons and now would be the perfect time to sign one of their players in Ollie Watkins.
Watkins has many weapons in his arsenal, he has a good mixture of pace and physicality. This skill set makes Watkins an ideal striker to challenge current striker Sebastian Haller for the starting berth at the club.
The young striker has had a stellar season so far, he has scored twenty-two goals in 37 appearances for the Bee’s and has also chipped in with three assists for his teammates. Watkins has been smashing the back of the net with great regularity, much more so than Batshuyai and could prove to be a much better investment than the Belgian.
The 24-year-old would fit into Moyes’ new transfer policy of young British players from the championship and is valued at £10.5 million on transfermarkt.com. This means that he could be bought into the club for a lot less than Batshuyai and would provide more longevity for the club.
2. Habib Diallo
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West Ham buying a Senegalese striker from FC Metz, what could go wrong (i.e. Diafra Sakho). Sakho might have left the club on less than ideal terms but for a while was a deadly striker for the club and if Habib Diallo followed in the same fashion could be a brilliant signing for the club.
Diallo has scored twelve goals in 26 appearances in France’s Ligue 1, as well as providing 3 assists in that same time. The 24-year-old would provide more versatility for the Hammers than Batshuyai according to transfermarkt.com. Diallo can play on the left of a front three meaning he can provide back-up for more than just Sebastian Haller.
Currently valued at £10.8 million, the Senegalese striker would potentially be a lot cheaper than Watkins and Batshuyai. West Ham could take advantage of FC Metz’s lesser financial position and could get him close to his valuation. The Hammers could also offer Diallo a good pay rise which would still be a lot less than would be needed to attract Batshuyai or Watkins.
3. Patson Daka
Patson Daka is very much an unknown quantity but could end up being one of the best strikers in Europe if he carries his form on from this season. Daka plays for RB Salzburg in Austria and has smashed nineteen goals in only 26 appearances this season. Astonishingly Daka has also provided seven assists meaning he has a goal involvement on average every time he plays. Lethal.
Daka is only 21-years-old and has plenty of room to improve and become even more prolific. The Zambian is also able to play on either wing meaning he would be the most versatile out of all of the options. Daka is also only valued at £6.8 million according to Transfermarkt.com meaning he would be the most prolific and the cheapest option for West Ham.
One thing that could help make this deal happen is Red Bull’s reported interest in purchasing West Ham United. They could sell Daka to the Hammers for a good price as a goodwill gesture and get into David Gold and David Sullivan’s good books ahead negotiations.