Report: West Ham join race to sign Europa League star, scouts jet out on Thursday mission
By Will Butcher
West Ham have joined a long list of admirers of Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, according to a report.
The 24-year-old’s stock has never been higher after starring in a Dundalk side that has defied odds in the Europa League against the likes of Zenit St. Peteresburg and AZ Alkmaar.
The Irish Herald claim that West Ham are set to send scouts to watch Horgan in action for Dundalk against AZ on Thursday, but claimed that a number of MLS clubs, Preston, Barnsley and Rangers are also keen.
Horgan’s form has been so impressive that he was called up to Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad, along with teammate Andy Boyle to face Austria, but failed to make an appearance from the bench.
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With Horgan’s contract set to expire on December 31, he is available on a free transfer in January and could prove to be a bargain purchase.
The former Cork City and Sligo Rovers star has scored 10 goals in 22 league and cup encounters this season, including a strike against Russian giants Zenit earlier this month.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s decision to sign wingers Gokhan Tore and Sofiane Feghouli has horrendously backfired as they both continue to lack form and fitness at London Stadium. A move then for Horgan could take the pressure of Michail Antonio and Dimitri Payet, who are currently considered the first choice wide attacking midfielders by manager Slaven Bilic. Horgan is currently in the form of his life and although he has scored the majority of his goals against Irish Premiership position, his performances in the Europa league should not go unnoticed and he could prove to be a fantastic signing.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are also battling to sign this Scottish star.