West Ham United are undoubtedly in need of attacking reinforcements next month.
The club’s risk of heading into the 2019/20 season with just two strikers is one that hasn’t paid off so far, with club-record signing Sebastien Haller struggling as a lone frontman.
The Frenchman started brightly but has found the going tough in recent weeks, and hasn’t scored since the Crystal Palace game at the start of October.
Albian Ajeti was also signed in the summer but Manuel Pellegrini has given him just five cameo appearances in the Premier League and two starts in the Carabao Cup.
Given the situation, perhaps the Hammers ought to join the hunt for coveted Metz striker Habib Diallo, who is quietly impressing over in Ligue 1.
TBR’s view – Diallo worthy of consideration
Diallo has nine goals so far this season, which puts him behind only Wissam Ben Yedder and Moussa Dembele (10 each) in the goalscoring charts in the French top-flight.
Last term, the 24-year-old plundered 26 goals in Ligue 2 which was key in helping Metz clinch promotion.
A mobile and strong striker, Senegal international Diallo – who is supposedly being tracked by Tottenham, Leicester City and Chelsea (Moselle Sport) – could be a means of improving West Ham in the final third.
And West Ham may have reason to fancy themselves given they previously signed Diafra Sakho from Metz in 2014.
He could potentially be a foil for Haller, or be the competition that sees the 25-year-old step up his game.