Date: 11th July 2019 at 6:00pm
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OPINION

West Ham could strike gold if they manage to sign Leganes centre-forward Youssef En-Nesyri after it was reported that the Morocco international is someone that is on the Irons’ radar.

According to reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, En-Nesyri is someone who West Ham could have an interest in as Manuel Pellegrini aims to add a new striker to his squad before the transfer window closes next month.

Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill are the only recognised strikers in Pellegrini’s senior squad after Marko Arnautivc joined Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez in leaving the London Stadium this summer and there have been widely-reported efforts to bring in a new forward option.

It would seem that 22-year-old En-Nesyri is someone who the Hammers have taken an interest in after he enjoyed a decent season with La Liga side Leganes.

Across all competitions last term, the former Malaga striker scored 11 goals and supplied two assists in 34 appearances to help Leganes secure a mid-table finish despite them being one of the teams that many would have thought would get relegated.

En-Nesyri has also continued his goalscoring form for Morocco this summer as he scored two goals in four appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

One of those goals came in an impressive 1-0 win against Ivory Coast at the end of last month.

According to stats by WhoScored, En-Nesyri played better for Leganes last season than Arnautovic did for West Ham.

The 22-year-old averaged more shots at goal, more dribbles and fewer offsides per league appearances in comparison to the Austria international.

En-Nesyri also won an average of 4.7 aerial duels per match while Arnautovic struggled in the air with an average of just 0.9.

En-Nesyri would certainly be a very good option for West Ham this summer, especially because it has been reported by Moroccan newspaper Assahifa that Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Real Betis are interested in the forward.

Assahifa’s report also claimed that En-Nesyri is looking to leave Leganes before the start of next season, which could mean that West Ham can strike a bargain deal for the young Moroccan.

As he is only 22-years-old, could be available on the cheap and has impressed in the last year in one of Europe’s best leagues, the Hammers could nab themselves a top young striker if they can complete a deal for En-Nesyri.

Although he’s no Maxi Gomez, En-Nesyri represents someone with a lot of potential, good resale value and perhaps a solid back-up option for Pellegrini.