Date: 23rd January 2021 at 6:00pm
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In-the-know podcaster ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham are interested in Montpellier striking duo Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort.

In David Moyes’ current first-team squad, he only has one out-and-out striking option available and that is 30-year-old Michail Antonio (per Transfermarkt).

So far this season, the English attacker has been absent for as many as eight Premier League games through injury, despite bagging a respectable tally of five goals in the 11 league games he has featured in.

Despite having Andriy Yarmolenko who is also capable of playing up front, it seems that the Hammers are in need of attacking reinforcements this month.

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, ExWHUemployee discussed several strikers the Hammers are interested in, two of which are Laborde and Delort.

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He said: “[We’re] also linked with Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort, both play for Montpellier in France.

“Delort’s actually played in , he played for Wigan. He played about 12 games and didn’t score a goal, but he has done better since going to France.

“He’s 29, so I don’t think he would be a priority.

“Laborde, I think we might have sort of had an enquiry about him [to] see what they would accept, but, again, it’s not close.”

TIF Thoughts on what ExWHUemployee said about Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, it seems that the Hammers are interested in both players but more so in Laborde.

Which of the two players would you prefer West Ham signed?

Laborde

Laborde

Delort

Delort

While it was claimed that Delort was the less likely signing of the two, it seems that he would be the better acquisition for the based on current form, although both are playing well.

In Ligue 1 this season, Delort has bagged nine goals and provided six assists over 18 league matches, meanwhile, Laborde has netted six and provided six assists in 20 games (per WhoScored).

Furthermore, the former has been Montpellier’s best-performing player with a 7.63/10 average rating and the latter has been the second-best performer with a 7.22/10 rating.

So, it would seem that the 29-year-old striker is in better form this season than his 26-year-old counterpart, however, both are performing well.