West Ham face competition to sign Serhou Guirassy

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According to 90min, West Ham United are one of four Premier League clubs interested in snapping up the services of Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy ahead of the January transfer window.

The Hammers have had a much-improved start to their campaign in the Premier League and have shown their quality on the European stage too in the Europa League, despite losing key players in the summer.

Declan Rice’s move to Arsenal was one of the hottest topics of the summer, whilst Gianluca Scamacca and Manuel Lanzini also departed, so finding the right new additions and keeping together the positive spirits and confidence of the dressing room after winning the Conference League was imperative for David Moyes.

Now, the Irons are seventh in the top-flight table and just three points behind the top four spots after eight games which puts them in a enviable position to be highly competitive if they can keep up the momentum in their performances over the remaining 30 fixtures.

Although Moyes and the recruitment team did some incredible work in the late stages of the summer window, there is certainly still an opportunity to invest in the team’s future during the mid-season window at the beginning of 2024.

It has been claimed this week that West Ham are one of the clubs who have shown interest in Bundesliga goal machine Guirassy, but will need to compete with Brentford, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace who are also keeping a close eye on the player’s situation in Germany, as per 90min.

Guirassy has only recently sealed a permanent move to Stuttgart in the last few months, however, scouts from all over world football have been attracted to his recent phenomenal form and have been in attendance to watch him in action for Stuttgart over the last few weeks.

Who is Serhou Guirassy?

The Bundesliga dynamo has been capturing all the attention in Germany this season so far, as he is currently the top goal-scorer in the competition and keeping England captain Harry Kane off the top spot.

Over seven appearances, the 27-year-old has scored a whopping 13 goals and registered one assist so far – with a goal contribution every 44 minutes – which is an outstanding achievement as he is not only the Bundesliga’s top scorer, but also in the entirety of Europe by some stretch with Lautaro Martinez behind him on nine goals.

Guirassy has also broken German top-flight records for the most goals scored at the start of a campaign, respectfully smashing Robert Lewandowski’s long-term title with his imperious form in front of goal since August and has even been compared to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney by Bundesliga.com.

The 6 foot 2 talent has rightfully been earning high praise over his short time at Stuttgart so far, with the club’s sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth claiming:

“He has developed into an absolute leader and is also making progress in training.”

West Ham should be prioritising a long-term replacement for all-time top-scorer Michail Antonio and new striker partner for Jarrod Bowen would be massively advantageous to Moyes in the short term and beyond, as the Hammers striker will turn 34 before this season reaches it’s climax.

So a move for Guirassy would make perfect sense in terms of the profile and style of play the French-born Guinea international adopts, as he uses his stature to win balls in dangerous areas and his hold up play is impeccable, similarly to Antonio.

With that being said, if Guirassy can continue the trajectory he is on and keep scoring over the coming weeks and months, there will be no way the Hammers hierarchy will be able to ignore an opportunity to sign the striker in January, as it could considerably elevate their campaign and it’s outcome.

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