West Ham are in the hunt to sign Gent forward Moses Simon in January, according to a report.

The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [07:41AM] that West Brom and Leicester are also monitoring Simon, 22, ahead of the transfer window opening in less than 24 hours’ time.

It is understood that Simon is out of contract at the end of the season and is available for a cut-price asking fee worth around £4million.

The Daily Mail reported in the summer that Gent wanted £13million for the 15-times Nigeria international after a bid worth £8.7million was made by Brighton.

However with the ex-Trencin forward now about to enter the final few months of his contract with the Belgian Jupiler League side, it seems that his asking fee has been slashed quite dramatically.

Moses is known for his rapid pace and can play on the left wing or as a centre-forward.

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This season, he has made 22 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying two assists in the process.

Football Insider verdict

West Ham could do with some extra firepower going into the second half of the season. David Moyes’ side could also do with some extra pace. Simon has shown in Belgium that he has that in abundance, but a move to the Premier League would be a different test all together. Gent are going to be very likely to sell him in January if his contract is due to expire in the summer. There’s little doubt that the Belgian outfit would rather sell him on rather than let him go for free at the end of the campaign. £4million is peanuts in today’s market so West Ham, West Brom and Leicester should all be considering moves for the Nigeria international.

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