West Ham join race to sign PSG forward but face stiff competition from Europe

Ben Stewart
Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike of PSG
Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike of PSG

West Ham have expressed an interest in PSG forward Hugo Ekitike as David Moyes looks to add to his forward options ahead of the new season.

The Hammers have had a fairly slow transfer window so far as they have struggled to get any deals over the line.

Having banked over £100m for Declan Rice, the club has money to spend, but they haven’t had much luck in the market so far.

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is a top target, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee.

Along with a midfielder, Moyes also seems keen on strengthening his forward line ahead of the new season.

West Ham only scored 42 Premier League goals last season, which was less than the likes of Leeds United and Leicester who were ultimately relegated.

According to the latest reports in France, West Ham have their eye on PSG forward Ekitike. RMC Sport name the Hammers as one of the four clubs who are interested.

Along with West Ham, the report also links Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Nottingham Forest with the forward.

Prior to Ekitike’s move to PSG last summer, West Ham were interested in the forward while he was playing for Reims.

The 21-year-old didn’t get much game time last season as he found himself behind the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the pecking order.

He played a total of 1,155 minutes in the league and scored three goals and produced four assists.

Back in April, Newcastle were linked with the PSG frontman, although their interest has seemingly cooled of late.

The Hammers have also been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, although they were unsuccessful with their opening bid.

Moyes kept his cards close to his chest when discussing Maguire in a recent press conference during pre-season.

“Well, I couldn’t tell you anything because I think talking about players from other clubs who are under contracts, that’s not the right thing to do, so I’d never do that,” Moyes told reporters.

“I’ve got no idea what their reasons are at Manchester United, for what they’ve done [taking the captaincy off Maguire] so I couldn’t talk about them… I’m sorry.”

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