By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are intently watching AIK striker Alexander Isak, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Marca has named the Hammers as one of six clubs interested in prising the 17-year-old striker sensation from his current club.
These include the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Madrid, who can all offer more money than West Ham.
However, the east London club may be able to offer more first team opportunities, which will be vital for Isak at this stage of his career.
Real are very keen on bringing the teenage sensation to Spain and it is reported that he went to view the club’s training ground in Valdebebas after they had a bid of £9million rejected by AIK.
However, if the Spanish giants did sign him he would have to spend the next season out on loan given the club’s current transfer ban.
Isak has been dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic after scoring 10 goals in 23 fixtures in Sweden in his breakthrough year.
West Ham are in desperate need of a striker this season with Diafra Sakho suffering an injury, Andy Carroll’s fitness record and the failure of summer forward signings Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.
They have been left in 17th in the league table and will now be looking for additions in January who can help them to improve on their current placing.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s name doesn’t fit alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and even Chelsea. Bilic and the Hammers wasted a lot of time in the summer pursuing forwards out of their league and they must ensure that they do not make the same mistake again. Sakho is the only striker to have scored for the east London club this season and they are now beyond desperate for a player who possesses the ability to put the ball in the net. However, Isak is an unrealistic dream and they must look at forward players who will be open to moving to the club.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are closing in on a new signing.