West Ham United: ExWHUemployee details Ben Brereton Diaz scouting mission

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ExWHUemployee has said on The West Ham Way podcast that the club had scouts watching Ben Brereton Diaz last weekend.

The Chilean striker, who has been on the radar of the Irons throughout the summer, played the full 90 minutes as Blackburn Rovers lost 1-0 this past Saturday.

David Moyes’ side picked up their first points of the season on Sunday as they defeated Aston Villa to move up to 16th, and announced the signing of club-record arrival Lucas Paqueta in a £51m move from Lyon on Monday.

With Thursday’s transfer deadline fast approaching, it appears that the east London outfit are not quite finished with their summer business, and Brereton Diaz is seemingly still garnering attention from Rob Newman and his recruitment team.

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Ex said: “We had scouts at a couple of games over the weekend. One was watching Brereton Diaz, the Blackburn forward, attacking player who we’ve been linked with all summer; someone that I’ve linked us with continuously – we watched him. Blackburn actually lost 1-0 to Stoke and I don’t think he played particularly well, so I’m not sure how that will affect things.”

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Gianluca Scamacca has already been brought in this summer to bolster the forward ranks at the London Stadium, but with less than 12 months left on his contract at Rovers, Brereton Diaz could be a very affordable alternative to the Italian and Michail Antonio should Moyes look to add another striker.

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Blackburn seemingly value their star man at £20m, and having been called a ‘beast’ by former manager Tony Mowbray, he could well be an option worth exploring having scored 22 Championship goals last term and already been involved in a further three in six appearances so far this season.

Therefore, we would hope that the result at the weekend does not deter West Ham from exploring a move.

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