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Gary Neville waxed lyrical about reported West Ham target Ismaila Sarr last season

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Gary Neville waxed lyrical about reported West Ham target Ismaila Sarr last season

West Ham are being linked with Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr, who is someone that received huge praise from pundit Gary Neville last season.

The Sun recently claimed that the Hammers were preparing to make a £30million bid for the speedster.

It is understood that the versatile forward, who can play centrally or on the wing, is being targeted as someone to bolster the options in the final third.

West Ham are down to just Michail Antonio as their only senior striker in the squad after Sebastien Haller’s sale to Ajax this month, which is why they could desperately do with another addition.

Sarr decided to stick with Watford in the summer despite relegation from the Premier League, albeit the 22-year-old caught the eye last year in the top-flight.


Pundit Neville gave a glowing verdict on the Senegal international back in July during the closing stages of last season.

“I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against? The first thing is pace. And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace? Well yes he can, because he makes really good quality runs,” Neville said on his Sky podcast.

“He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is. We’ve seen his performances before but tonight he was a shining light, even in that first half there were periods where Watford did attack and it was through him.”

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TBR’s View:

Sarr has been in decent form so this season, scoring six goals and supplying six assists in 30 games across all competitions.

He’s still a rising talent with so much to improve to his game in terms of end product, but he’s got the pace and trickery to frighten defenders.

David Moyes’ side are cryoing out for another forward and he ticks plenty of boxes.

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