Date: 21st May 2019 at 5:30pm
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OPINION

The attacking area of the pitch would appear to be a priority for West Ham United this summer, with¬†uncertainty raging over several of the team’s forwards.

Andy Carroll looks set to leave when his contract expires, while there is uncertainty over the futures of Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez. However, the club could find a solution in far-flung Belgium.

The Chronicle recently reported that the Hammers are in a battle with Newcastle United and Lazio for Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes, who has emerged as a talent to watch in recent years.

The 6ft 3in Brazilian [Source: Transfermarkt] would bring the physical presence that the team will be losing when Carroll departs, being capable of holding the ball up and bringing others into play when Manuel Pellegrini’s side need to go more direct.

The 22-year-old has scored 17 goals this season, only two less than Marko Arnautovic and Hernandez combined. Plus, he registered 10 assists, three more than the aforementioned duo got between them.

So he brings creativity as well as goals, meaning that you could pair him with the talented Austrian, as well as simply playing one of them up top by themselves.

The possibilities are endless, and will have the West Ham faithful blowing bubbles just thinking about having the youngster in the mix at the London Stadium.

Obviously Newcastle, and particularly Lazio, will provide stiff competition for the Hammers, but Wesley is someone who is worth chasing. He’s already a well-rounded prospect at just 22 years of age, imagine how good he could be after a few years in the Premier League?

This is one the club need to pursue with alacrity this summer – he could make all the difference next season.