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West Ham’s Striker Hunt Heats Up

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West Ham United‘s search for a new striker has taken a dramatic turn, with a rejected bid for Atletico Madrid’s Samu Omorodion potentially opening a window of opportunity.

West Ham are under immense pressure to find a reliable goalscorer. Their previous attempts with strikers like Sebastian Haller, Gianluca Scamacca, and Danny Ings (!) haven’t yielded the desired results. Michail Antonio’s fitness and form remain a concern, making the need for a new attacking focal point even more pressing.

The Hammers have reportedly made a formal offer for the highly-rated 20-year-old Spanish striker, Samu Omorodion. Omorodion impressed on loan at Alaves last season, showcasing his potential with 8 goals and 1 assist.

Atletico Madrid rejected West Ham’s initial bid of €35 million, indicating they value Omorodion at a higher price. This has sparked concerns of a potential bidding war, with other clubs reportedly interested in the young striker.

Adding another layer of intrigue, Omorodion recently announced parting ways with his agent. This move has been interpreted by some as a potential attempt to force a transfer away from Atletico Madrid and secure a move to the Premier League.

While Omorodion is undoubtedly talented, his age and limited experience raise questions. However, his debut season at Alaves demonstrated his goalscoring prowess. If he can adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, he could be a valuable asset for West Ham.

West Ham find themselves at a crossroads. Do they increase their offer and potentially win a bidding war for their target? Or do they risk missing out on a promising young striker?

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  • Chunk says:

    I do like the idea of a promising young striker and love the way the club seems to now be moving forward. But I think €35m+ for someone so young is ridiculous. I understand its probably the going rate these days but just seems wrong. Personally I would be tempted to spend the supposed €17m that Sevilla are asking for En-Nesri a better option at present and may look at a loan to buy deal for Omorodion. However, we do need to fill the homegrown quota and don’t seem to be linked to many homegrown players as of yet. A couple from the championship and that’s about it.
    As the rules say that a homegrown player is someone who is registered with an academy for a minimum of 3 years before there 21st birthday, regardless of nationality, does this mean that if we register Guillheme (18) with the academy but yet promote him to the first team squad he can be classed as homegrown by the time he is 21?

    • Lokfaen says:

      From my understanding (and Football Manager experience) that should be the case! If we also persuade Johnson to stay, that’s another one for the quota

  • Darren says:

    Move on, that’s too much

  • Ess_Bee says:

    I think Scamacca and/or Haller would have flourished under J Lo.
    As Chunk says, £35M is ridiculous. Nobody is that amount. But that’s football today.
    Anyway, moving on…
    COYI ⚒️

  • Phil McDonald says:

    Very unusual for us to jump in with both feet on the first bid. Hope that is because Tim rates him very highly and we’re trying to scare off the opposition. I have no opinion on the player, but I do trust Tim. Interesting to see what develops.

  • Barry says:

    I check the West Ham News sites every few hours, wondering whether we’re close to our urgent prime objectives – at least two centre halves and a centre forward. I know it’s still very early in the close season but we appear to be filling the bench with “jet heeled” wingers who can “play all along the front line” despite having Kudus and Bowen in situ. That’s exciting as it pre-supposes that Lopetegui’s concentration is on attack with pace but I hope we don’t dither through the window and end up buying dubious defenders as the window closes, with no time to bed them in before the season kicks off and trusting Bowen to lead the line. Not that he can’t, as he’s so ably proved, but it wouldn’t be ideal. However, the frenetic transfer activity we appear to be engaged in is very promising.

  • Kip says:

    It won’t happen…Mr Leyland hasn’t got one story right yet, out of about 30 players…click bait

  • Kevlar says:

    We need to rebuild our entire back line 2 x Centre backs and a left and right back needed urgently ! Also a Centre midfielder like Youssef foffana( Monaco} and a reliable Centre forward.

    • Jeeps says:

      Agree.
      This is not instead of two new backs.
      If chosen centre backs can also cover right and left back positions it would be a bonus for rotation/injuries.
      Last year’s defence was disaster and needs to be sorted early this transfer period.
      Attack needs to be able concentrate on scoring not forever back pedalling to bail out defence.

  • John says:

    Been there before , we need a proven striker, not someone who might do well in the prem.

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