West Ham: 53-goal striker is now Moyes' 'best hope' at London Stadium

West Ham manager David Moyes

West Ham‘s “best hope” of ending their painful search for a striker will be in the shape of Clermont Foot star Mohamed Bayo, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

David Moyes has been desperately trying to sign a frontman for the last 18 months, with the Guinea international another player on his list.

What’s the latest news involving Bayo?

West Ham, who’ve needed a striker since Sebastien Haller left for Ajax in January 2020, are eyeing up the 24-year-old, according to reports in France.

GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones
GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

They were also linked in January, but Clermont Foot weren’t willing to sell their talisman amidst a relegation battle.

However, Bayo ended up scoring 14 Ligue 1 goals to ensure Clermont retained their top-flight status, which means they might have changed their position ahead of the summer window reopening for business.

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The report states that Eintracht Frankfurt, the team who ended the Hammers’ Europa League dream last month, are also in the race for Bayo’s signature, and both ‘greatly appreciate his profile’.

Bayo started his career at French lower league team USL Dunkerque and has gone on to score 53 goals in total, which has seemingly put his name out there.

What did Jones say about Bayo?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It might be more sensible because they will get better value.

“At the moment it’s sounding like Bayo is their best hope, it’s expected they’re going to be doing a lot of shopping in France this summer, they feel that is the market to be tapping into, so that’s the bracket they’re looking at.”

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Would Bayo be a good signing for West Ham?

Having recently secured another season of European football, albeit the Europa Conference League and not the Europa League they craved, West Ham are approaching the quantity not quality stage.

Not only is Michail Antonio still the club’s only senior recognised striker, but he scored just three times in the league from January onwards, and two of which came in his final three appearances.

Therefore, bringing in someone like Bayo could not only be a decent option off the bench and a starter in Europe, but he would generally provide some competition at the top end of the pitch and allow the likes of Antonio and Jarrod Bowen to remain fresh throughout the campaign.

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