West Ham eye Jonathan Rowe swoop

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West Ham United are keen on snapping up the services of Norwich City star Jonathan Rowe before the transfer window closes on Thursday, according to talkSPORT.

The Hammers have already completed the loan signing of Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips this month, but it is looking like the club are set to still be active over the remaining hours of the transfer window.

David Moyes could be tempted to add some depth to his squad as his side enter the knockout stages of the Europa League and compete for a qualification spot in the top half of the Premier League table too.

West Ham are currently unbeaten in their last five top-flight fixtures and are currently sixth in the standings, meaning they would qualify for the Europa League again if they were to retain their placement at the end of the season.

Their next league fixture comes up against Bournemouth on Thursday which is also Transfer Deadline Day, so could the Hammers have another new addition by the time they host the Cherries at the London Stadium?

TalkSPORT reported this weekend that West Ham are keen on adding attacking reinforcements and have identified Norwich City youngster Jonathan Rowe as a potential signing to bolster their attacking threat over the second half of the season and beyond.

The broadcaster has claimed that the 20-year-old talent is high on Moyes’ wish list in the winter window after impressing as an outstanding performer at Carrow Road in the Championship this season.

Will West Ham sign Jonathan Rowe?

There is no doubt that Moyes will be desperate to add more creativity and goals to his forward line, especially considering that Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus have been heavily relied on this season for moments of magic.

Bowen has suffered injury issues in recent weeks, whilst Kudus has been competing in AFCON with his nation, so it would come as no surprise if the absence of the pair has not been a stark wake-up call for Moyes.

In terms of what Rowe can offer the Hammers, he has been excelling and capturing the attention of many with his stand-out performances in an otherwise average Norwich side this season in the Championship under David Wagner.

The left-footed hitman is not only a prolific and clinical finisher, with 13 goals tallied up in all competitions this season so far, but is experienced in a number of positions, including wide forward roles and deeper roles as an attacking or right-sided midfielder.

He has been earning plaudits from many this season, but probably his most important admirer has been England U21’s coach Lee Carsley who gave Rowe his first international call-up last year.

Carsley told the media in a pre-match press conference in October (via Pink’Un)

“I like him a lot. He’s a player who is in form along with Jaden Philogene.”

“They’re full of confidence, and it gives players that aren’t involved in England’s teams a bit of hope because our recruitment and scouting is massive.

“There are no players not being watched. The fact that Jonathan Rowe has come through now in a different way is a testament to him and to Norwich.

“They’ve given him an opportunity to play and he’s played well. I’ve been very impressed with him.”

With that being said, it will be interesting to see if West Ham take a chance on the young talent and give him the step up to the Premier League to further develop his quality, adding another dimension to their attacking prowess.

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