Report: David Moyes likes Ollie Watkins as West Ham eye new striker
David Moyes likes Ollie Watkins as West Ham look to sign a new striker during the summer, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Hammers have enjoyed another incredible season, reaching the semi-final of the Europa League. And they have not let their European adventure derail their pursuit of another top six finish in the Premier League.
What has been so remarkable about their campaign is that their squad appears to be incredibly thin in certain areas. And there is no position where they are weaker in terms of numbers than up front.
Thankfully, Michail Antonio has stayed fit for the majority of the season. But Moyes has turned to his cluster of attacking midfielders to fill in when required.
Certainly, the fans will have no patience if the board do not sign at least one goalscorer this summer. And the Daily Mail reports that they are in pole position to sign Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal.
But interestingly, the report adds that Moyes is an admirer of Watkins. So that may perhaps be a move that West Ham potentially look at in the summer.
David Moyes likes Ollie Watkins
Watkins has dealt with the step-up to the Premier League superbly. He has been an ‘outstanding‘ signing for Villa. He initially arrived as the club’s record signing at £28 million. But he dealt with that tag superbly.
He has scored 24 goals in 69 top-flight games for the Villans. And he has the ability to play in a number of roles across the forward line, only really becoming an out-and-out striker at Championship level in his final season at Brentford.
He has been in the England fold. And he actually picked out Declan Rice as one player who is massively underrated.
Steven Gerrard praised Watkins recently, labelling the striker ‘fantastic’. And he has been in good form of late. So that may not do the Hammers any favours should they make a move.
But West Ham will back themselves to sign many in the Premier League this summer given the progress they have made in the last few years.