West Ham have reportedly expressed an interest in Spartak Moscow striker Jordan Larsson, but face competition from a European giant.
After Sébastien Haller’s sale to Ajax in January, West Ham was looking for a new striker. They failed to sign a replacement while the winter transfer window was still open. David Moyes said they took a different approach and would weigh their options this summer.
They don’t seem to be in too much pain without a head start. Remaining on an unlikely quest for a Champions League spot, they are in the top four with eight games to go.
But adding another center forward to their squad next season could give them a major boost. With that in mind, they continue to be tied to a number of options.
According to Goal, a name that’s now on their radar is Larsson. The 23-year-old has scored 12 goals for the Russian top flight this season in 23 appearances.
His name may sound familiar and he is indeed the son of former Manchester United and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson.
It looks like the goals scored in the family and Larsson junior may soon prove his worth on a bigger stage.
Goal claim West Ham are admirers of the Netherlands-born Sweden international. However, so are Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund are bracing for offers for Erling Haaland this summer. With 49 goals in 51 appearances for the club, the Norwegian will soon take the step from Dortmund.
The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are considering a move for the 20-year-old. Dortmund remain calm and plan to keep it for another season, even if that means they could lose him for his € 75million release clause in 2022.
However, if a big offer comes up, the Bundesliga club may have to change their plans. Therefore, they are currently exploring possible replacements.
They might even jump for Larsson if Haaland stays, as they still need support for their main man. He could develop there until he’s ready to step into the shoes of the former RB Salzburg star.
West Ham is also watching, however, and will be intrigued by Larsson’s versatility. He has mainly played as a center forward this season, doing his best, but has played as a winger in the past.
He cost Spartak Moscow € 4m to sign him in 2019 and his price has likely risen since.
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West Ham linked with more attackers
Another striker to have been linked with West Ham is Raul De Tomas from Espanyol.
De Tomas has stayed put despite relegation from Espanyol last season and has continued to prove his importance in Spain’s second tier.
But bigger things could draw the 26-year-old and Fichajes linked him to Leeds, Leicester and West Ham.
Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri was mentioned as another option, but De Tomas may be easier to acquire. Overall, it looks like West Ham is casting their net far in hopes of finding the right solution.
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