West Ham United might need a new striker following the departure of Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, however it seems David Moyes is interested in adding another wide man to his squad.
Although it could be argued that the Hammers already have a plethora of options to choose from in regards to players who can play out wide – with the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Andriy Yarmolenko and even potentially Pablo Fornals (whilst Felipe Anderson is another option should he return from his loan move at Porto) – but the London Stadium outfit appear keen on adding further reinforcements to the position.
Indeed, according to some of the latest January transfer rumours to have been provided in recent days, the Irons hold a ‘genuine’ interest in Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, according to a report by The Athletic.
It is understood that Watford want £50 million for their winger, though, and whether West Ham would be prepared to pay that sum of money is extremely debatable. Indeed, even horse racing tipsters who provide the best tips on some of the hardest races to take place might not even want to bet on West Ham’s pursuit of Sarr at this moment.
However, it should not come as a surprise to learn that the Hornets want so much money for one of their star players.
Sarr initially cost Watford a cool £40 million in August 2019 and he has been impressive in his time at Vicarage Road. Although he could not keep them in the Premier League in his first season, the 22-year-old managed five goals and six assists in his 28 top-flight matches – which is impressive in a debut campaign.
He has continued that fine form this season in the Championship as the Hertfordshire club look to get back to England’s top division, with four goals and five assists in his 18 matches so far, which is why West Ham are likely to be interested.
However, the need should be placed on finding a recognised goalscorer to come in and replace Haller, rather than add to the wings.
Indeed, whilst Antonio has proven that he can perform in the middle, there would have been doubts about his injury record and with the Ivorian now departed, there is no real depth should the bulky forward get injured again.
It will be interesting to see if anything comes of the Sarr rumours this winter, however it would not be a surprise if a move were to happen in the summer, rather than this January.