A Look At West Ham’s Early Attacking Summer Transfer Links

David Moyes, West Ham. (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
David Moyes, West Ham. (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Despite the transfer window only ending a few weeks ago, West Ham are already being linked to multiple players ahead of the next transfer window. David Moyes has proved prudent in the transfer market, and it can be expected he will do the same in the summer.

West Ham have a good squad of players that are proving capable of challenging at the upper end of the Premier League. The Hammers currently occupy a Champions League spot after beating Tottenham Hostpur.

A good core of players is exactly what West Ham have, though if they do qualify for European football, some expansion needs to happen. The Hammers squad is one of the smallest in the Premier League, and there is a lack of depth, most notably in the striker position.

High-flying West Ham are already being touted as the destination for many players ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Hammers have been linked to many strikers since selling Sebastien Haller in January, the club will need to invest, and there are two top targets, according to rumours.

West Ham target Ivan Toney.
West Ham target Ivan Toney. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) /

Ivan Toney – Brentford

The Brentford striker is having a brilliant season in the championship and could break the goal contribution record for the Bees. Ivan Toney has already scored 24 goals and assisted a further nine in only 30 appearances in the League.

Quick, tall, powerful and capable of playing as a lone striker, Toney would slot straight into David Moyes’ current system. The 24-year-old would be able to replicate the impact of Michail Antonio but without the constant worry of his hamstrings about to go.

The Hammers have a relationship with Brentford from the previous two transfer windows. West Ham loaned and bought Said Benrahma while sending Winston Reid on loan the other way. Tensions between the two clubs have been frayed in the past but seem to be repaired now after the loan of Ried.

The in-form striker would command a big fee and could cost the East London side upwards of £25 million. With Leicester City interested in Toney as a potential Jamie Vardy replacement, West Ham can not afford to take their time if they want the Englishman.