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17th Apr, 2018 | 5:02pm

Quickfire exit on cards but reported West Ham move for £25m-rated 13-goal forward not the answer

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West Ham United have made a number of advances for Nice striker Alassane Plea according to a report and it’s a transfer that if it comes off, will almost certainly see the end of Jordan Hugill’s time at the London Stadium.

The Hammers only signed the Championship striker for £9million from Preston North End in the January transfer window but have kept the 25-year-old to a paltry 22 minutes of action in what has to be one of the most baffling signings, should he face a quickfire fire exit this summer.

And with the Irons being linked with a move for Plea, that looks increasingly likely to happen.

But, it’s a move that smacks of desperation and is a move along the line of mediocrity rather than progression.

The French U21 international was compared to Edison Cavani in the report which is laughable considering that statistically speaking, the two are poles apart.

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In Ligue 1, Cavani has registered 25 times in 29 games whilst Plea has 13 goals in 30 games – the two don’t come close.

In fact, the Nice forward’s goal to game ratio is more akin to Hugill’s.

No wonder Hammers fans have a hard time keeping up with their club and trusting them to make the right kind of moves with transfers like Hugill’s.

The answer would be for the club to spend some real money on a proven, top-draw forward.

But with all the problems surrounding the London Stadium right now, it’s not exactly an attractive prospect and they’d have a tough time attracting the best players.

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