Pablo Fornals Key In West Ham Striker Hunt

Pablo Fornals, West Ham. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Pablo Fornals, West Ham. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /

West Ham’s Pablo Fornals is attempting his best impression of ‘Agent’ Tomas Soucek. The Spaniard is reportedly trying to convince Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri to join him at the London Stadium ahead of a potential summer transfer.

The Morrocan striker used to be teammates with Fornals during their time together at La Liga side Malaga. The duo came through the youth academy together at Los Albicelestes so they will know each other well.

It was reported in January that En-Nesyri was David Moyes’ number one target to replace Sebastien Haller. The club were even rumoured to have made a bid of nearly £30 million for the striker, which Sevilla rejected. The Hammers are likely to go back in for the striker in summer, and Fornals is lending a hand.

After Tomas Soucek helped with the signing of Vladimir Coufal, Pablo Fornals is now trying to copy the success and help West Ham in their striker hunt.

West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri.
West Ham target Youssef En-Nesyri. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

This intervention from Fornals may not be enough to push the transfer through. En-Nesyri was not keen on joining the West Ham in January, so Fornals will have to make a strong case to convince him to move. Sevilla will also want to block a potential transfer as they want to tie the striker down with a new contract before the end of the season.

En-Nesyri has been enjoying a fine season for Sevillistas Rojiblancos scoring 17 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions. The Moroccan can play across the front three, this utility is something David Moyes looks for in the players he targets.

The 23-year-old combines a bunch of attributes the Hammers need in a new striker. En-Nesyri is tall, quick, powerful, and a decent finisher. However, there are plenty of hurdles in West Ham’s way of signing him.

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If West Ham and Fornals are unsuccessful in convincing the Sevilla man to London, they will probably turn to the Championship. Ivan Toney (Brentford) and Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) are two names that are continuously being linked with moves to the club.