Previously-linked West Ham United target Patson Daka is likely to leave Red Bull Salzburg this summer, as reported by the Salzburger Nachrichten.
West Ham are highly likely to be in the market for a prolific striker in the summer transfer window ahead of next season as David Moyes looks to add competition for Michail Antonio in leading the Hammers’ line.
Indeed, previous reports by the Mirror have linked the breakout Zambian star Daka with a big-money £25 million move to the London Stadium off the back of a scintillating season packed with goals.
The Salzburg source indicates it would be unlikely that Daka would still be leading the line for Jesse Marsch’s Austrian Bundesliga champions next season, given both his impressive form and the interest in his services.
“During the summer transfer period, there will be a lot of inquiries from clubs in the top European leagues. Players will also leave us,” sporting director Christoph Freund confessed in the report.
The African marksman has enjoyed a productive spell in Austria this season, with 25 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season, including 18 in 16 domestic league matches.
Consequentially, his form has not gone unnoticed.
Arsenal and Liverpool could compete with the Irons for the Zambia international, according to previous reports from Far Post.
Arch-rivals Tottenham could also be in for the striker, with Spurs seeking reliable cover for Harry Kane meaning Daka is also on the radar of the north London side according to Football London.
Salzburg have a rich tradition as something of a talent factory for attackers. Erling Haaland is a prime example of a world-class striker formerly leading the line in Salzburg.
Boasting impressive numbers, Daka has the capacity to carry those numbers well into the Premier League and is a gamble firmly worth taking by the West Ham board.