West Ham United are reportedly preparing a bid of around £13.5million for Cadiz striker Anthony Lozano as a potential replacement for Sebastien Haller, according to Noticias Cadistas.
The report claims that the Hammers have earmarked the 27-year-old Honduras international as one of their top striker targets, and a bid could emerge imminently.
West Ham are thought to have been impressed by Lozano’s performance in Leganes’ shock 1-0 win over Real Madrid in October, a game in which he scored the winner.
Likewise, his display against Valencia in January’s 1-1 draw at the Mestalla, in which he opened the scoring, is also believed to have given the Hammers food for thought.
West Ham boss David Moyes was left reeling by Haller’s unexpected departure, admitting that the East Londoners were “not really” ready in terms of bringing in a replacement this month.
Moyes now has just Michail Antonio, who has struggled with hamstring injuries once more this season, as a recognised striker in his ranks, so it’s unsurprising to see the Hammers linked with a multitude of forwards.
Lozano has registered three goals and two assists in 14 La Liga games this season, with 12 goals and four assists for Cadiz overall, and has a contract which runs until the summer of 2023.
Lozano’s goalscoring and assist tally haven’t been much to shout about this season and indeed during his time at Cadiz, while his CV looks somewhat nomadic, with seven different teams under his belt in the last decade.
However, he was ruled out through illness earlier this season and, as Cadiz boss Alvaro Cervera told reporters last week, the “lethal” striker is still finding his form – on his day, as he showed against Real Madrid and Valencia, he can be superb.
That said, is he what West Ham need for the rest of this season and beyond? Given his underwhelming goal and assist tally in recent years, plus the fact he’s unproven in the Premier League, probably not.