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The Premier League’s London clubs are currently facing a pressing need for center-forwards.
Fulham is at risk of losing Aleksandar Mitrovic, while Arsenal’s star Gabriel Jesus is sidelined due to injury. Additionally, Brentford’s Ivan Toney is unavailable until January due to a suspension.
Tottenham’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, is confronted with a significant challenge following the departure of Harry Kane. Richarlison stepped in as a replacement for the all-time top scorer over the weekend, yet his performance hasn’t reached its peak since joining Spurs.
West Ham, too, has encountered setbacks in the striker department. Gianluca Scamacca departed this summer, and there have been links suggesting Michail Antonio might leave as well.
Both West Ham and Tottenham have identified Elye Wahi as a potential summer signing. Spurs view him as a potential replacement for Kane and have appraised him at £35 million. However, recent reports indicate that Wahi has chosen a move to the London Stadium instead.
According to Foot Mercato, multiple teams have expressed interest in Wahi, although only one bid has been submitted so far. Chelsea’s offer fell well short of Montpellier’s valuation for the young forward. Tottenham, Frankfurt, and PSG are reportedly also interested, but Wahi has now prioritized West Ham as his primary target.
While an official bid from West Ham hasn’t been lodged yet, this might change in the upcoming days. Wahi’s profile aligns with the kind of signings Tim Steidten, West Ham’s recruitment head, tends to favor. Steidten is particularly impressed by the 20-year-old.
Wahi emerged onto the scene at Montpellier three seasons ago, and his breakthrough performances garnered attention. Last year, he made a significant impact by scoring 19 goals and contributing five assists in 29 starts, helping Montpellier secure a 12th-place finish.
His displays have showcased his readiness for a step up, positioning him as one of the most proficient finishers in France presently.
If West Ham manages to secure Wahi’s signature ahead of Tottenham this summer, it will undoubtedly be considered a major achievement. However, considering recent challenges in finalizing deals, West Ham will be eager to navigate the acquisition process smoothly in this case.