Report: West Ham target Abraham and Hlozek as Moyes looks to bolster attacking options
West Ham United are chasing the signings of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Sparta Prague’s Adam Hlozek in the summer transfer window.
According to The Athletic, the Hammers could sign either the Blues forward, the Czech international or both of the central strikers ahead of next season.
David Moyes’ side have been reliant on Michail Antonio for much of this season after the club sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January. It was a move that left the east London side without a backup striker, leaving the Englishman to carry the mantle upfront.
The publication has also claimed that West Ham are looking to complete a move for the 23-year-old on a loan deal after Moyes revealed the club couldn’t afford to pay the west London giants’ asking price of £40m.
Meanwhile, there are reports Hlozek shares an agent with Hammers star Tomas Soucek and fits the profile the Scottish manager is keen on recruiting.
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With center-forwards, it’s never a case of one or the other. There is plenty of scope to sign and integrate both Hlozek and Abraham into a side that seriously lacks a consistent goal threat from the width of the 18-yard box.
Antonio has proven to be a great focal point and supporting act for Jesse Lingard, whose higher ability has shone through in a West Ham team treading their first steps among the big boys of Premier League football. But, the former Nottingham Forest man doesn’t prove nearly consistent enough to be an out-and-out starter for a European football-chasing club.
In Abraham, the Irons have a proven forward, who has gone from strength to strength during both loan spells and his time at Stamford Bridge. 42 goal contributions in just over 80 games for the Blues is not a record to be overlooked and shows off the star’s prowess in the final third.
And with regards to Hlozek, at the mere age of 18, he provides scope for improvement given his tender age.
Antonio has served his purpose this season, but, if the east Londoners are serious about making the step up to the next level a new pair of forwards is exactly the right move.