Monster Striker a Potential Antonio Replacement?

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With David Moyes departing and Julen Lopetegui arriving, West Ham United are gearing up for a busy summer transfer window. Strengthening the attack is a key priority, particularly finding a long-term successor to the aging Michail Antonio.

West Ham have reportedly set their sights on Braga’s Simon Banza, a 27-year-old striker with a reputation for being a nightmare for defenders to handle. His impressive 23-goal season in all competitions has attracted attention from several clubs.

Standing at 6ft 2in, Banza is a powerful presence upfront. However, he also possesses surprising mobility for his size, making him a well-rounded attacking threat. Scouts have praised his ability to disrupt defenders and his skill as a facilitator for teammates.

According to O Jogo, West Ham might need to splash £34 million to secure Banza’s signature. This price tag reflects his recent form and potential for further development.

Banza started his professional career in France, progressing through the ranks of Lens before joining Braga in 2022 for a mere £2 million. His prolific season in Portugal has seen his stock rise significantly.

Banza appears to possess the qualities West Ham needs in a striker. His age, physical attributes, playing style, and recent goalscoring record make him a strong candidate to lead the line for the Hammers in the Premier League.

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  • Bennyboy baker says:

    He sounds ideal for us but getting Sullivan to part with the money needed to bring him to the London stadium that’s the only downside we need so many new players for next season it will show if Sullivan is determined for us to get to the next level or wants everything on the cheap so he can top up his wealth

  • Rob Barnes says:

    We need a serious squad rebuild this summer & I just can’t see top players wanting to come to us especially with no European football to offer. Also I can’t see the owners stumping up dosh for young talent they will probably revert back to buying has beens like we used to. Hope I’m proved wrong but considering the size of our rebuild it’s going to be a tough job.

  • Howard Green says:

    I think we will be reduced to bargain basement players at the last minute as usual with no cohesive plan.

  • JRS says:

    He looks like a unit but at £34m and really only one top season… I think En-Nesyri is more like and probably better option at 20m and hopefully another maybe younger versatile.
    I’d love Solanke tbh… Banza looks good maybe he could be like how Guissary is doing now but we need a lot of players…

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