Blow for Everton as West Ham reportedly line up move to sign powerful £17 million attacker in the January transfer window

Blow for Everton as West Ham reportedly line up move to sign powerful £17 million attacker in the January transfer window

West Ham could challenge Everton for the signing of Senegal international striker Boulaye Dia in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from Otto Pagine who claim that West Ham and Everton are showing interest above all other teams in the race for the 26-year-old’s signature this winter.

David Moyes and Frank Lampard will both be keen to strengthen their respective centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium and Goodison Park respectively in January.

Dia is someone who Moyes has been heavily linked with over the past 18 months or so, and he sent out scouts to watch him in action for Senegal during the World Cup in Qatar.

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And it seems as though the Hammers scouts were impressed with what they saw…

West Ham to challenge Everton for striker in the January transfer window

According to a report from Otto Pagine, the Hammers and the Toffees are the two clubs who are showing the most interest in signing Boulaye Dia this winter.

Moyes definitely needs to add another centre-forward to his ranks at the London Stadium.

However, I’m not sure West Ham should be going all out for the Senegalese forward.

Maybe the Hammers would be better served by allowing Everton a free run at signing the Senegalese hitman.

Dia, 26, joined Villarreal from Reims in the summer of 2021 for around €12 million (£10 million) having been heavily tracked by the Hammers.

The 19-capped Senegal striker bagged just seven goals and five assists in 35 games for the Spanish side last term though (Transfermarkt).

He left Villarreal to join Italian side Salernitana on a season-long loan in the summer, and has since racked up six goals and two assists in 14 Serie A games (Transfermarkt).

Dia is powerful, has explosive pace and is a real menace for opposing defenders.

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The Senegalese forward has been far from prolific recently, and he definitely didn’t set the World Cup alight out in Qatar, despite scoring a goal for his country.

In all honesty, I haven’t been overly impressed any time that I have seen Dia play. It could be argued that he is actually nowhere near the levels required to be playing Premier League football.

The truth of the matter is that the Hammers are surely better positioned than the Toffees to sign him in January, with European football on offer at the London Stadium.

If West Ham do sign Boulaye Dia in the January transfer window though, we will back Moyes’s decision. And it will then be back to the drawing board for Lampard.

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