By Alan Hutton

13th Nov, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Hutton 'excited' by West Ham reported swoop for £30m-valued sensation

West Ham could solve their striker struggles by signing Olympique Lyonnais star Moussa Dembele, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the Irons need to sign a natural centre-forward to help cover in Michail Antonio’s absence.

The Sun report the Hammers are keen on signing the 24-year-old and that Lyon have set a £30million asking price on the former Celtic striker.

Sebastien Haller has been David Moyes’ go-to replacement for Antonio but the Frenchman has scored just once in seven Premier League appearances this term.

Hutton believes a new striker is a must for West Ham and that Dembele could be the answer to their woes.

Asked if Dembele was an exciting target for the Irons, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh yeah, totally. I think it’s probably the one area that you would say that they have been struggling and that’s out with Antonio.

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“Obviously he’s went in there and done unbelievably, they had a similar situation when Arnautovic was there, he went up front and played and he did brilliant.

“The problem who plays after that when he picks up an injury like he does because he has picked up quite a few kind of hamstring injuries and things like that?

“Haller was the big-money signing but it’s not quite worked – whether that be that formation they play or they don’t get enough balls in the box or whatever, it’s just not quite clicked at the moment so it doesn’t surprise me that they’re looking for a number nine to come in and fill that void.”

Dembele, who netted 51 times in 94 appearances for Celtic, has failed to score in his opening 10 appearances this season.

However, he has a total of 44 goals in 201 games across all competitions for Lyon, including two against Manchester City in the Champions League last season.

In other West Ham news, Moyes left in agony after being beaten to new signing by Leicester City.