May 26, 2024

West Ham United is actively pursuing a new striker, and there are indications that they may be open to significant concessions to secure their target. The team has faced challenges in signing impactful strikers, with Gianluca Scamacca leaving for Atalanta after a disappointing stint with the Hammers in the summer of 2022.

Scamacca’s departure, after scoring only eight goals in 27 appearances, added to the list of West Ham’s striker disappointments. The club is now eager to address this issue, with manager David Moyes and technical director Tim Steidten aiming to bring in an established goal-scorer. According to insider reports, securing a new center-forward is a top priority for Steidten in 2024.

Currently, Moyes has limited striking options, relying mainly on Michail Antonio and the less-favored Danny Ings, with winger Jarrod Bowen occasionally playing a central role.

West Ham has been linked to Bayer Leverkusen’s Adam Hlozek and Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy, but the latest target for the number nine position is reported to be Victor Boniface from Leverkusen. The 22-year-old Nigerian has impressed under Xabi Alonso’s management, accumulating seven goals and five assists in the Bundesliga. This outstanding performance has attracted attention from top European clubs, including West Ham.

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Described as “ambitious” in reports, Boniface is now on Steidten’s list of targets. Although Leverkusen may be reluctant to sell in January, West Ham could be willing to make a significant concession, potentially delaying the deal until later in the year. Boniface has already received praise from notable figures, with former Germany international Michael Rummenigge lauding him as a “top” goal-scoring striker.

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