West Ham may have found the answer to some of their issues up front with the Irons reportedly in pole position to sign Paderborn striker Streli Mamba.
According to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato, there are clubs across Europe who are eyeing up the 25-year-old German but as it stands, West Ham are leading the race to secure his signature.
Mamba scored a brace on Saturday as Paderborn earned a shock 3-3 draw against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park and it is understood that Serie A side Atalanta had a scout in the stands to watch over the former Stuttgart striker as he bagged his fourth and fifth goals of the campaign.
Since joining Paderborn from Energie Cottbus in the summer, Mamba has made 10 appearances in all competitions, hit the back of the net five times and supplied one assist in the process.
He is a centre-forward who possesses great pace and has already shown in the Bundesliga that he has superb chance conversion by scoring with four of his 11 shots at goal [WhoScored].
Mamba is a man in form and has certain abilities about his game that could make him the perfect addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in the January transfer window.
Sebastien Haller is the man who has led West Ham’s attack the most times this season and while the Frenchman is in a bit of a rut at the moment – like most of his team-mates at the London Stadium – he is still a striker who is superb in the air and great at hold-up play.
Mamba has scored the same number of league goals this term as Haller but could offer something completely different in the attack.
Mamba is someone who uses his pace to get in behind defences and has a superb ability to time his runs and create chances for himself.
Stats by WhoScored show that Mamba may have averaged fewer shots at goal and key passes than Haller this season, but the German has averaged more dribbles, fewer offsides and fewer bad touches.
Mamba has scored his four goals in around half the number of minutes as Haller has this season in the league and the fact that Mamba is also matching Haller in goals scored, yet averaging fewer shots, just shows how great he is at taking his chances.
West Ham have a lot to sort out in January and Pellegrini might not even be manager by that point.
But if there’s a striker who takes the Hammers’ fancy in the January window then Mamba could be someone fans will need to keep a very close eye on.