Club insider: West Ham table £8m bid
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have tabled an £8million bid for a Championship player, according to a club insider.
A transfer column on the Hammers’ official website reports that manager Slaven Bilic has sanctioned a move for a second-tier footballer.
The player is not named but it is widely believed to be Brentford striker Scott Hogan, who has been one of the leading marksmen in the Championship this season.
West Ham are desperate to add more firepower to their attack this season following disastrous returns from their roster of forwards in the first half of the season.
None of Bilic’s strikers – Andy Carroll, Diafro Sakho, Ashley Fletcher, Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza – has scored more than two league goals this season.
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West Ham, who fear getting drawn into a relegation battle despite their recent sequence of impressive results, are keen to achieve their objective of a top-ten finish.
They have subsequently made a number of striker bids, with a £20million offer submitted for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and a £6million bid lodged for Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe.
Hogan has showed why he is so highly rated by Brentford this season with 14 goals from 25 Championship matches putting him equal third in the division’s goal charts behind only Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle (19) and Brighton’s Glenn Murray (15).
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham should return with another bid for striker Hogan as they aim to end their striker woes. The Hammers can’t rely on Andy Carroll as the main source of goal as he is a latter day Darren Anderton who spends more time in the treatment room than out of it. Moves for Dembele and Defoe are destined for failure, but Hogan, who is out of contract in 18 months and at a cash-strapped club, is a more realistic target. Bilic should pull out all the stops to sign him this month.
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