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West Ham Leading Race For Euro 24 Star

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West Ham United have apparently put in a “substantial offer” for Metz striker Georges Mikautadze, according to French journalist Alexis Bernard. While Mikautadze has emerged as the leading scorer at Euro 2024, questions linger about whether he’s the answer to the Hammers’ attacking woes.

West Ham’s decision to aggressively pursue Mikautadze is a gamble. His current goalscoring form at the Euros is undeniable, but his overall track record paints a less clear picture. While he netted 14 goals in 31 appearances for Metz last season, consistency at the very top level remains unproven.

Some pundits believe West Ham might be overreacting to a short burst of brilliance. The concern is that they might be signing a player based on a limited sample size rather than long-term potential and fit within the team’s style.

However, reports suggest West Ham expressed interest in Mikautadze last year as well. This indicates a deeper scouting process that may have revealed qualities beyond his recent Euros performance.

West Ham’s proactive approach in the transfer market deserves credit. Mikautadze’s talent and potential are clear. However, a balanced approach is essential to avoid potential pitfalls.

After all we do have some previous when it comes to signing players after Major European competitions. Older readers will remember Harry Redknapp signing Florin Răducioiu after the Euros in 1996 , and we all know how that turned out!

West Ham’s pursuit of Mikautadze is a gamble, but not necessarily a reckless one. By carefully considering his long-term potential and avoiding overpaying, they might just land a gem who can bolster their attack for years to come.

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