West Ham are set to make a move for Senegal striker Moussa Konate in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old forward currently plays his football in Switzerland with FC Sion and following his impressive displays this season a host of Premier League clubs have taken an interest.
The youngster has netted 11 times in 17 appearances for his club this term and his performances on international duty have enhanced his reputation further.
Konate scored twice from the bench in Senegal’s recent 2-1 win over Ghana and he impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations when he replaced the Irons’ injured Diafra Sakho.
He initially burst onto the scene at the 2012 Olympic Games, scoring five goals in just four games for Senegal, including one against Great Britain.
He is reportedly keen to play in the Premier League and he is certainly equipped to succeed in English football; he is big, strong, and quick.
West Ham will be hoping he can have a similar impact to his countryman Sakho, who has scored 12 goals in 24 appearances since arriving from Metz last summer, although it would be another gamble.
The Hammers may be the favourable option for Konate, too, as the aforementioned Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate will be there to help him to settle in. They could also be used to lure the forward to east London if they are to face competition for his signature.
Furthermore, to have two Senegal internationals as a potential strike partnership could pay dividends as they should have a better understanding of each other’s game. Although they’ve not played as a front pairing before it could develop quickly into a potent relationship for both club and country.
Newcastle United and Aston Villa are the other Premier League clubs said to be tracking the striker and recent speculation suggests the Magpies sent scouts over to watch Konate, however West Ham should be able to steal him from their grasp.
He may be available at a reasonable price, somewhere near the £3.5million they paid for Sakho would be ideal, however the club may be better served going for someone more established that can help them achieve their ambitions.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been mentioned as a possible target but he is probably someone West Ham should steer clear of. Javier Hernandez, on the other hand, may be worth enquiring about after his disappointing loan spell at Real Madrid and his time at Manchester United seemingly over.
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