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West Ham must rival Everton for striker Neal Maupay

West Ham are hoping to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes next week, according to a report from The Guardian.

Michail Antonio continues to impress in the role for David Moyes’s men. But the Hammers would be taking a huge risk if they let the window close without bolstering their options further.

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They have not splashed the cash this summer. So it is not easy to work out how much there is to spend on a new goalscorer.

But with a Europa League campaign ahead, West Ham have a fantastic opportunity to keep moving in the right direction.

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They should keep their options open and perhaps be willing to make a major statement as they look to provide competition for Antonio.

And with that in mind, perhaps they should take note of a report from Sky Sports on Thursday claiming that Everton want Neal Maupay.

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Sky notes that Brighton paid £20 million for the Frenchman. But he has just two years left on his contract, so perhaps he may not cost an eye-watering amount.

And perhaps West Ham should look at a move in the hope of reigniting a stunning partnership.

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Maupay is a divisive figure. He missed a lot of good chances for the Seagulls last season. And he is the kind of player that really winds opposition fans up.

But he has started this campaign brightly. And there is one member of Moyes’s squad who would surely welcome such a move taking place.

Said Benrahma spent a year alongside Maupay at Brentford. And the pair formed one of the most lethal partnerships in the division.

In fact, Benrahma assisted Maupay more often than any other pairing in the second tier in the 2018/19 season (Whoscored).

That year, they scored 35 league goals and contributed 22 assists between them.

So if Everton sense that they have a chance of signing Maupay, surely West Ham have also got to put themselves in the running with Moyes needing another striker.

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