West Ham must move to secure the signature of Celtic striker Moussa Dembele after it looks like the prolific attacker could finally move from the Scottish giants in January.
Talking in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Brendan Rodgers admitted that his striker could be on the move – and that if he did leave they would bring in a replacement.
“If Moussa goes we need to bring in another one. Simple. Players need competition and we need to be competitive. If Moussa is in our squad then great. If he is not we’ll see by the end of January.”
Dembele has been linked with moves to Stoke City and Brighton but no official bids have been made, with the player valued at £20m.
Dembele scored 32 goals for Celtic last season and it could have been much more if he hadn’t suffered wth injuries.
He’s on the cusp of the French senior team and is is highly-regarded as a serious star for the future, and this could be the one chance to sign him for a bargain price.
Rodgers has admitted that Dembele has had his head turned this season and his form has suffered. He’s only scored four goals in 13 Premiership appearances and isn’t a guaranteed starter.
That form is probably the reason why teams like Tottenham – previously linked – haven’t come in for him in January.
And it leaves the door open for Moyes to swoop in and seal a sensational deal.
£20m would be a bargain for the player and West Ham are in desperate need of attacking options, after injuries to Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll.
Added to that, Javier Hernandez is unsettled and could be on the cusp of a move himself.
Dembele could be the answer. At just 21 he’s one for the future but is more than capable of scoring goals in the Premier League now.
Moyes must swoop in and take him before the elite teams make their move again.
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