Tammy Abraham, Martin Braithwaite and the latest on West Ham’s striker transfer search

David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to bring in further attacking options this transfer window ahead of the new campaign.

So far the Hammers transfer activity has centered on adding three talented teenagers who, despite their promise, are unlikely to force their way into the starting XI come August 15th.

football.london understands that Moyes has made a striker his priority for the remainder of the transfer window as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a huge season for the Hammers.

The start of West Ham’s 2021/22 campaign is just 20 days away and will be the beginning of a jam-packed nine months that Hammers fans hope will culminate in a Europa League final in Sevilla on May 18, 2022.

With a hectic schedule ahead it is no surprise Moyes wishes to add to his attacking options, with Michail Antonio currently his only out and out striker with Premier League experience at the club.

Jarrod Bowen has filled in from time to time upfront but is far more effective when coming from a wide position.

Moyes had funds available to him in January with the manager saying in February: “We had money to spend, we sold Seb [Haller] earlier in the window so we had that, but we are trying to do things differently at West Ham and we’re not going to follow the same path we have been following before.

“I chose to keep my money and hopefully we can start another rebuild come the summer time.”

Moyes added: “The owners have been great and the Seb Haller money was there if I chose to spend it and we tried, but overall the players we wanted to add to the players we brought in and the type of players we brought in weren’t available.”

The summer is now well underway, yet the big-name signings the fans crave as part of Moyes’ rebuild are yet to arrive. However, there have been many names linked with the club, particularly for the priority position of striker.

Here, football.london has taken a closer look at some of the options available to Moyes.

Tammy Abraham

Abraham has been linked with a move to West Ham for a number of months and is a player that Moyes has openly spoken about.

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The manager is understood to be a fan of the England international, however, in May the Scot admitted that if Chelsea were looking for a fee north of £45 million, as reported, West Ham would not be interested in a deal.

“It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out,” he said.

“So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out. We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.”

If the Blues were prepared to lower their asking price then a deal could potentially be struck but the Hammers will face stiff competition for the 23-year-old with Arsenal reported to be keen on a move.

Tammy Abraham is being linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge
Tammy Abraham is being linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge

Danny Ings

Ings looks set to depart Southampton this summer after turning down the Saints’ latest contract offer to extend his stay past the end of his current deal in 2022.

Southampton have no intention of letting the striker leave for free next summer so are likely to cash in before the end of the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old is reported to be holding out for a move to one of the Manchester clubs but as yet neither club have shown an interest in the England international.

With Chelsea and Leicester well-stocked in the striker department, and Liverpool not keen on their former striker, West Ham are the only other English team that can offer Ings European football.

Unless, of course, you include Tottenham’s Europa Conference League campaign in the mix, a tournament Ings may not want to play in.

West Ham are understood to be monitoring Ings’ transfer situation but have not, as yet, made a move for the striker.

Danny Ings looks likely to depart Southampton this summer transfer window (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings looks likely to depart Southampton this summer transfer window (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Martin Braithwaite

Barcelona’s Braithwaite looks set for the exit door at the Nou Camp following the signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay.

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Not only have Augero and Depay come in to replace Braithwaite, but Depay has also taken the Dane’s number nine shirt.

Without a number and having fallen even further down the pecking order at Barcelona, Braithwaite’s time at the Nou Camp is set to come to an end and West Ham have been reported to hold an interest in the striker.

The 30-year-old moved to Barcelona for £16.2m in February 2020 and the club are believed to be open to a sale if they receive an offer for a similar amount.

The striker managed just seven goals in all competitions last season, however, six of those goals came in the 14 starts he made for Ronald Koeman’s team showing that when given the opportunity he has the ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Abdallah Sima

Perhaps the easiest deal for West ham to get over the line would be that of Sima. The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade with Slavia Prague, a team West Ham have an excellent relationship with following the deals to sign Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from the Czech side.

Sima is the least experienced of the quartet mentioned and would likely play second fiddle to Antonio whilst also competing for a start in the wide attacking roles.

The Senegal international has spent just one season with Slavia scoring 20 goals in 39 matches, with the majority of his goals and appearances coming from a wide right position rather than as the central striker.

Sima’s manager at Slavia has recently admitted that the forward could be set to depart the Czech club this summer and the club have already brought in a forward to replace him should that happen. Jindrich Trpisovsky even mentioned West Ham as a potential destination for his player.

“With the arrival of Ivan Schranz we have acquired an attacking player who can play four positions in our system,” Trpisovsky said.

“Abdallah Sima and [fellow Slavia player] Peter Olayinka could leave, so you have to prepare for that eventuality.

‘We spoke to West Ham and they told us they put Sima very high on the list of their possible reinforcements.”

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