West Ham are interested in signing Saudi club Al-Ahli’s Djaniny Semedo this summer, according to a report from A Bola.
The reliable Portuguese outlet report that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are interested in making a move to bring Semedo, who has enjoyed a productive campaign registering 24 goals in all competitions for Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.
It is believed that West Ham could face competition from fellow Premier League sides Wolves and Everton, with both clubs thought to have collected information on the forward.
Semedo who has 28 caps for Cape Verde, has played for the likes of Nacional and Benfica’s B team during a spell in Portugal, before moving from Nacional to Mexican side Santos Laguna where he scored 42 goals in 129 appearances, the 28-year-old the moved to Al-Ahli in 2018.
Pellegrini will be looking to improve the quality of his attacking options this summer, ahead of his second season in charge of West Ham next term. The Hammers are set to lose Andy Carroll with the striker unlikely to be offered a new contract at the London Stadium, meaning there will be a space to fill in the Pellegrini’s squad. Semedo is a relatively unknown quality in European football, with the most successful spells in his career coming in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, but the striker has had an impressive season with Al-Alhli meaning that if the Hammers did make a move for him he would arrive with a lot of confidence. However, West Ham are likely to face competition for Semedo from the likes of Southampton and Wolves, therefore Pellegrini’s side might to need move swiftly to ensure that they are able to acquire the services of the forward this summer. It would be very interesting to see how the Cape Verde international would perform in the English top-flight, were he to make the switch to the Premier League this summer, West Ham will hope he can replicate his prolific club form from this season into next term if they secure a deal.