West Ham: £50m striker would 'really excite fans' at London Stadium

West Ham manager David Moyes in Premier League against Norwich City

West Ham target Ollie Watkins would be an “exciting signing” for the east London club, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the London Stadium, and O’Rourke has hailed him as a top player.

What is the latest news involving Watkins?

According to the MailOnline, Watkins is one striker option David Moyes is considering this summer.

The same report, however, states that a deal will be difficult to pull off, which comes as no surprise after the Englishman finished the 2021/22 season as Villa’s top scorer.

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Prior, The Guardian claimed that the Midlands club are likely to demand at least £50m if they do decide to sell Watkins in the upcoming transfer window, so getting him out of Villa Park certainly does look like it could be a tricky task.

The England international signed for Villa back in 2020 and has since gone on to score 27 goals for the Premier League outfit.

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What has O’Rourke said about Watkins and West Ham?

O’Rourke has told GIVEMESPORT that Steven Gerrard still has plans for the former Brentford man; however, he thinks he would be an exciting signing for West Ham if they did somehow manage to land him this summer.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “I think he’d be a really exciting signing for West Ham and all their fans. He’s really proved at Aston Villa over the last couple of years that he is a top player, who I think can only get better as well.

“West Ham, obviously they’ve needed a new striker for the last few transfer windows and haven’t been able to bring the right one in.”

Can West Ham go into another season with just Michail Antonio?

If their aim is to qualify for the Champions League, then no. In the 2021/22 campaign, Antonio started off excellently.

He scored five goals in his first five league appearances. If he maintained that kind of form, the Hammers could have finished in the top four given how inconsistent their rivals were.

However, the Jamaica international went on to register just five more times in the top flight, not helping his side’s cause.

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Ultimately, if Moyes had another natural option, someone to provide genuine competition, it could have prevented Antonio from burning out and his form dipping in the manner that it did.

It is why the Scotsman will be desperate to add someone like Watkins to his squad before the transfer window closes. But by the looks of it, that is not going to be easy.

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