By Noel Whelan

12th Jan, 2022 | 12:37pm

West Ham tipped to seal 'massive' striker signing after Antonio injury fears - pundit

West Ham will be working hard to bring in another striker with David Moyes taking a “massive risk” with Michail Antonio’s fitness, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted an injury to the 31-year-old at this stage could “make or break” the Irons’ season.

According to the Guardian (10 January), West Ham want a striker to rival Antonio, with Blackburn’s £25million-rated Ben Brereton Diaz on their radar.

Antonio has managed to steer clear of injury this term but missed 13 games last season.

Whelan claimed Moyes will be scouring the market for the “right striker”.

“I’m sure David Moyes is looking at strikers as we speak,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“We’ve seen Jarrod Bowen filling in there at times, he’s done very well up there – but it’s not ideal.

“That being said, if he goes in for a striker this month – it has to be the right striker and it will be massive if they get one.

“I don’t think they’ll just go in for anybody up there. If the player they want is not available, they’ll hold fire and look again in the summertime.

“But like Leeds and Patrick Bamford, it’s a massive risk. All it takes is one injury and bang, Antonio is out for four to six weeks. That can really make or break your season, especially as they’re still playing European football.

“You can’t question the job Moyes has done with this squad so far, however. I’ve got so much respect for him, so it’s not for me to question what he needs in the transfer market.”

Antonio has netted eight goals in 19 Premier League games for West Ham this term.

The Irons sit fifth in the top flight.

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