Spanish outlet La Razon have claimed that West Ham United remain in pole position to sign Sevilla’s Moroccan centre-forward Youssef En-Nesyri despite having bids rejected for the African striker back in the January transfer window.
En-Nesyri, 23, has been in excellent form for Sevilla under the guidance of former Spain manager Julian Lopetegui. Having only netted six goals in 26 games before this season, En-Nesyri has since scored an impressive 22 goals during 2020-21.
He offers strength, hold-up play but also plenty of pace – a very similar style to that of Michail Antonio, perhaps why West Ham tried to sign him in the most-recent window. A bid was rejected but it is clear that the Hammers are still interested.
The latest reports from Spain state that West Ham are still keen on En-Nesyri and are in pole position to land the powerhouse in the summer. En-Nesyri has a release clause that stands at a whopping £52million – but Sevilla want to change that.
TBR’s view – En-Nesyri the perfect signing as Antonio cover
Antonio is the spearhead of West Ham’s new-found identity under David Moyes, an identity that has guided them into the top four and to within touching distance of Champions League qualification. A top-six finish, even, is still a stunning campaign.
But they need cover for Antonio who is now well into his thirties. They need a striker that can cover Antonio, especially with the ex-Nottingham Forest man suffering numerous injuries in the last couple of seasons – and En-Nesyri is perfect.