West Ham’s Search for a Striker: Could Hugo Ekitike be the Answer?

West Ham United’s search for a striker continues as they look to bolster their attacking options in the January transfer window. According to Football Insider, the Hammers could reignite their interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Hugo Ekitike, who they tried to sign in the summer.

David Moyes is keen to bring in a new striker after failing to replace Gianluca Scamacca in the off-season. While the Irons are monitoring the situation of Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, it is unlikely that the Cherries will allow him to leave mid-season as they battle relegation from the Premier League.

Ekitike, on the other hand, could be a viable alternative to Solanke due to his lack of involvement at PSG. The 21-year-old has been effectively frozen out at Parc des Princes and has played just eight minutes of action this season. This is a clear sign that he is surplus to requirements in the French capital.

The France Under-20 international spent the 2022-23 campaign on loan at Parc des Princes, scoring four goals in just 14 starts amid 32 appearances across all competitions before joining permanently this summer. Newcastle United had a bid of £30 million including add-ons accepted by Stade de Reims during his time there, but the player rejected the move.

West Ham’s search for a striker could be accelerated by Michail Antonio’s recent knee injury sustained on international duty with Jamaica. In the meantime, wingers Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus are expected to lead the line for David Moyes’ side if the worst fears about Antonio’s injury are confirmed.

The Hammers are currently ninth in the Premier League and will play in the Europa League knockout stage in the new year. Adding a new striker to their ranks would give them a much-needed boost in their quest for European football next season.

While Ekitike may not be a household name, he has shown glimpses of his potential during his loan spell at PSG. He possesses pace, power, and an eye for goal, all of which would be valuable assets to West Ham’s attacking line-up.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Hammers will be able to secure his signature in January. PSG may be reluctant to let him go, and there could be other clubs interested in his services. Nonetheless, if West Ham can land Ekitike, he could prove to be a shrewd addition to their squad.

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