West Ham have joined the transfer race to sign Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres, as David Moyes looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2023-24 season.
Viktor Gyokeres, 25, was head and shoulders above every player in the Championship last season, scoring 21 goals and laying on 12 assists on top of that, helping Coventry reach the play-off final, where they lost on penalties to Luton Town. The striker’s rich exploits in the second tier of English football have sparked a frenzy for his signature, with the likes of Brentford, Fulham and Wolves all keeping tabs on him.
The Swede is one of the most in-demand players now and is also attracting interest from Sporting CP. West Ham are reportedly the latest entrant in the battle for Gyokeres, who is rated at around £ 25 million by Coventry City.
Gianluca Scamacca off to AS Roma?
It looks like Gianluca Scamacca’s time at West Ham could come to an end after just one season. Scamacca arrived at West Ham from Sassuolo amid a lot of fanfare last summer, with his acquisition considered as a coup of sorts at that time following his exploits in Italy. However, the centre-forward struggled in his first Premier League campaign, scoring only three goals in 16 appearances.
This led to David Moyes often using Michail Antonio ahead of Scamacca up top in West Ham’s attack. After a tough season at the London Stadium, Scamacca wants to leave the club this summer and his agent are believed to have met AS Roma. There is positivity about the 24-year-old moving back to the Italian capital.
West Ham pushing hard to sign Viktor Gyokeres
Scamacca moving back to Italy would leave David Moyes with just two strikers in Michail Antonio and Danny Ings. Antonio is 33 and past his prime years, while Ings has struggled to find form for West Ham since moving from Aston Villa in January.
As a result, Moyes is desperately on the hunt for a new striker and is pushing for the signing of Coventry City’s Viktor Gyokeres. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Coventry but the Championship club are understood to be calm over his situation amid the flurry of interest.
Gyokeres had an exception 2022-23 season where he banged goals left, right and centre. In addition, he also showed the creative side of his game, highlighted by his 12 assists. He is a really talented striker who is at the right age to test himself in the Premier League. The Swede would be a quality acquisition for the Hammers, whilst competing with experienced strikers Ings and Antonio for a spot in the first XI.
With Brentford, Fulham, Wolves and Sporting interested in the player, West Ham must hurry up in their pursuit of Gyokeres and table an offer.
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