West Ham United has been forced into early transfer preparations following news of Diafra Sakho‘s six-week layoff and its strikeforce’s continued profligacy, apparently identifying Bournemouth‘s Callum Wilson as a January target.
The Hammers are willing to splash the cash once again after last summer’s significant outlay, with the Guardian’s Ed Aarons reporting an offer worth up to £25 million for the 24-year-old.
The sums exceeding a collective £40 million spent on Andre Ayew and, when his loan from Juventus turns permanent, Simone Zaza, plus their subsequent struggles, haven’t put off the London Stadium brass from entrusting manager Slaven Bilic with more spending money this winter – and investment is certainly needed.
Sakho’s goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United was incredibly the first from a West Ham striker in the Premier League since May 10, when the Senegalese scored against the same opposition, proving the frontline is a particular weakness in Stratford.
Aside from Ayew and Zaza, Bilic has the injury-prone Andy Carroll, who could return to contention for Saturday’s visit from Arsenal, raw youngster Ashley Fletcher, and the scarcely deployed loanee Jonathan Calleri at his disposal.
In Bournemouth’s inaugural top-flight season in 2015-16, Wilson began the season in sensational form, starting the first seven matches, scoring five goals before a cruciate ligament rupture cruelly vanquished him from contention between September and April.
Under attack-minded boss Eddie Howe this term, Wilson has appeared in 12 of the Cherries’ 13 outings, scoring four goals.
West Ham faces Manchester United again in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final tilts, before trying to correct its standing of 16th and one point above the Premier League relegation places Saturday when hosting Arsenal