Hammers not pursuing strikers


By Sean Whetstone

West Ham will NOT be pursuing forward transfer targets of Folarin Balogun from Arsenal and/or Elye Wahi from French Ligue 1 club Montpellier this summer.

Earlier this week Arsenal turned down a formal offer from AS Monaco for Folarin Balogun with Inter Milan also holding a strong interest after the hammers were linked.

Balogun scored 21 goals for Reims last season while on loan from Arsenal but is unproven in the Premier League.

The Gunners are said to want a minimum of £40m plus add-ons and that valuation is considered too much by West Ham.

Twenty year-old forward Elye Wahi bagged 19 goals and six assists in 33 Ligue 1 games for Montpellier last season.

The French club want at least £30m plus add-ons for their striker and again West Ham do not think he offers value for money.

West Ham are looking for a striker after Gianluca Scamacca left earlier this week for a package worth up to £27m

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • ibhammer says:

    A guy I know supports Everton.
    He used to bemoan the fact that, when Moyes was there, they had a period when they didn’t have a recognised first team forward for over a season. Tim Cahill was their main goal threat. Maybe Moyes thinks strikers are optional?

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