West Ham has been told who to pursue should a deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham fail as hoped.
Got the hammers identified Abraham as the ideal candidate to fill the number 9 hole in their squad. The 23-year-old was a key player for the Blues in the 2019-20 season, scoring 15 Premier League goals. However, the arrival of large cash commitments following the club’s transfer embargo has more than halved its league minutes last season.
As such, it appears to be available this summer. Current reports proposed David Moyes’ men are the front runners to secure his commitment.
However, Chelsea have their own transfer plans. Considered a valuable goalscorer, Abraham appears to be a useful tempter when negotiating big deals.
Last week it was reported that the Englishman was touted as a possible Makeweight on the trains for both of them Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.
As a result, West Ham does not have a tight grip on a potential deal. Alternative options are needed.
And expert-turned player Noel Whelan believes Liverpool’s Divock Origi would be an ideal replacement.
Origi was apparently already deemed redundant for needs at Anfield after seven years with the Reds.
So Whelan thinks he should be the Hammers’ second target.
“It’s a very reasonable price for Origi,” he said Football insider.
“We saw that he is a great player on his day. He’s someone who can hold the ball up, come in behind, or even play it far. As a manager, it offers you many options.
“At Liverpool he sat in the shadows because of his talent. Many clubs will think that if he plays regularly he will be able to get into the groove and score goals.
“He would be a great asset to West Ham or any other club.
“If the deal with Tammy Abraham doesn’t go through, you know they have a good £ 15m player out there. That’s not a lot of money these days.
“He’s a great quality striker and it is time to leave.”
Hammers have the edge in midfield races
Meanwhile, West Ham can offer something its rivals can’t after joining Leeds in a four-way game to sign a Man City midfielder, according to a report.
Moyes is looking for several key acquisitions as well as a striker to ensure his Europa League campaign doesn’t detract from his domestic ambitions.
According to The telegraph (above Caught offside) they have joined the race for Man City midfielder Yangel Herrera.
This name may not ring bells for many fans as the 23-year-old has not yet played a single game for Pep Guardiola’s team. He’s been on loan every season since arriving in 2017.
The report says the Hammers’ ability to offer European football could give them an edge over Leeds and other admirers of Crystal Palace and Southampton.
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