David Moyes has cast doubt on West Ham’s chances of signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, saying the forward could be out of his price bracket.
Abraham may be on the hunt for a new club this summer after falling out of favor at Chelsea. He remains their top scorer with 12 goals this season but has barely played since Thomas Tuchel took over. With West Ham on the hunt for a new striker, they could be the perfect match.
The Hammers failed to sign a replacement after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January. They were linked with several goals throughout the month but chose to wait until summer.
When the following transfer window opens, they might have the chance to sign Abraham. Considering West Ham’s height, that wouldn’t represent too much hindsight and allow him to stay in London.
But Moyes has denied his side can afford the England striker, valued at around £ 40million.
“It would exclude us completely. We will be excluded, ”Moyes said. “So if that’s the number and that’s what it says, we’re left out.
“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at this price, no.
“Does this figure correspond to our total expenses?” It just might be. But you never know here.
“I don’t think we’ll make this a one-player buy. I would be surprised if we were.
It will disappoint West Ham fans, who may have been hoping to see Abraham in their colors next season.
They will always be linked with many other forwards to provide competition for Michail Antonio. But it looks like they have a tighter budget to work with.
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West Ham Eye € 15m Bundesliga deal
A cheaper alternative to mention recently was RB Leipzig striker Hwang Hee-Chan.
Hwang would be interesting to explore, as he can play anywhere on the frontline and is nearing his prime at the age of 25.
Usually deployed as a center-forward, the South Korean struggled to play in his debut season with Leipzig. In fact, he has only made one start in the Bundesliga and has yet to score despite 14 other replacement matches.
His lot was slightly better in the German Cup, in which he scored twice in three appearances. But it seems his days in Leipzig are numbered.
The Bundesliga giants are looking to downsize their squad and Hwang may have to give up his place. If he does, the Premier League could be his next destination.
According to Sport1, West Ham and Everton are interested in the former Salzburg striker. Leipzig want to earn € 15million by selling him and both English clubs are eager for the deal to be permanent as well.
Hwang was not allowed to leave Leipzig in January, when Everton and West Ham showed initial interest. The situation has changed and now they could have their chance.
Nicknamed ‘the bull’ due to his aggressive playstyle, he remains under contract until 2025. However, Leipzig seems to want to get rid of him.
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