West Ham Going Hard For Moroccan Striker

West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri. (Photo by Photo Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images)
West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri. (Photo by Photo Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

West Ham are pushing hard to sign a new striker to help relieve the pressure off of Michail Antonio. It is now reported that the club have made an improved bid to sign Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla.

After having a bid rejected by the Spanish club earlier in the window, West Ham now seem determined to complete a deal for the striker. The new bid is closer to Sevilla’s asking price of €40 million. The Hammers hope to use add-ons in the deal to have a bid accepted. The new offer equates to double what Savilla paid Leganes to acquire the striker last season.

The 23-year-old striker has been in great form this season. En-Nesyri has scored 14 goals in all competitions, including 4 in the Champions League. The striker has averaged a goal every other game, a very prolific rate.

West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri.
West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images) /

The Hammers have been linked with strikers throughout Europe and even further afield. It was predicted that Boulaye Dia was the club’s top target and that a deal was close last week. It now seems David Moyes has moved on from the Riems striker.

West Ham have one senior striker in their squad at the moment the injury-prone Michail Antonio.

If a deal is completed for En-Nesyri, he will become West Ham’s second senior striker at the club. The 23-year-old will have to challenge Michail Antonio for the starting berth in Moyes’ team selection. The Morrocan has played his career predominately as a striker but can play on either wing if necessary.

En-Nesyri stand at 1.89 metres tall so will have plenty of height which could be useful considering West Ham’s dominance at set-pieces. The Morrocan is also relatively quick and strong, making his love of dribbling the ball more dangerous. Though he is not as quick and strong as Antonio, which could be a concern.

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Should En-Nesyri be the man Moyes wants, then he has earned the right to get his player due to the clubs fine season. There are, however, some question marks that he is indeed the perfect striker the Hammers need.