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Report: West Ham set sights on 'deadly' 47-cap international striker, available for 'bargain' price

West Ham United have set their sights on Bordeaux and South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo, according to Calciomercato.

The Hammers could do with bolstering their attacking ranks ahead of next season.

At present, David Moyes has just one senior centre-forward in his squad – Michail Antonio.

Admittedly, Jarrod Bowen did superbly to shoulder the goalscoring burden alongside Antonio.

Nonetheless, West Ham will need more strength in depth ahead of another season where they’ll be fighting on four fronts.

The Hammers have been linked with a number of forwards in recent week.

Chelsea’s Armando Broja, Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis and Montpellier’s Stephy Mavididi are just some of the names.

Now, Calciomercato – via Sport Witness – has thrown Hwang’s name in the mix.

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They claim West Ham have ‘taken information’ on the 29-year-old.

Hwang was in decent form for Bordeaux this past season despite their relegation.

He netted 11 goals and two assists in 32 games in Ligue 1, which earned him plenty of admirers.

With Bordeaux now in Ligue 2 and Hwang’s contract expiring next summer, his club will likely cash in on him.

And Calciomercato claims he’s available for a ‘bargain’ price.

As well as West Ham, there’s apparently additional interest from the likes of Nantes, Marseille and Schalke.

“Exceptional close control”

Hwang may be a somewhat unknown quantity on these shores, but he has been a fairly prolific striker for club and country.

He has registered 103 goals and 26 assists in 330 club games at Bordeaux, Gamba Osaka and Seongnam FC.

And for South Korea, he has won 47 caps and registered 16 goals and four assists.

In February 2021, the Ligue 1 website waxed lyrical about Hwang.

“It is easy to understand why successive coaches in France were tempted to try Hwang out wide,” they wrote.

“(He) is a svelte 1.85m-tall, quick, has exceptional close control and is utterly direct – the perfect combination to receive a diagonal pass before moving play on.

Yet those same tools make him a deadly striker, and he also has a keen eye for goal, often shooting early to catch the opposition goalkeeper off-guard, regardless of his starting position.”

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