West Ham United have made an enquiry over a potential transfer move for FC Lorient striker Terem Moffi.
The 23-year-old joined the French club back in October 2020 from Belgian side KV Kortrijk and has since gone on to make 90 appearances for Lorient.
Across those appearances, the Nigerian has found the net on 35 occasions and provided seven assists in the process.
With the centre-forward set to enter the final year of his contract at the end of the current season, he has found himself linked with a move to the Premier League.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, the Hammers have made enquiries over a potential transfer deal for the striker but Lorient’s £25m asking price is beyond their budget.
The report also adds that West Ham are also exploring the possibility of signing Moffi’s teammate Dango Ouattara.
Bearing in mind how Moffi, who has been hailed as a ‘man of gold’, has scored 12 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, it’s easy to see why he has landed on West Ham’s radar and why the French club have put a significant price tag on their star striker.
Do West Ham need to sign an attacker this month?
With Ouattara scoring six goals and supplying six assists in the same amount of league appearances as Moffi from the right-wing, he could be a suitable alternative to the striker if he wouldn’t cost as much as his teammate.
Taking into account how only Wolves (12) have scored fewer goals than David Moyes’ side (15) this season as well as them having the lowest rate of goals per shot (0.04) in the division, adding a player like Moffi or Ouattara should be a top priority for the club this month.
Looking ahead to the remainder of the winter window, if West Ham aren’t financially able to seal a deal for Moffi, signing his attacking teammate could be the next best thing for the Hammers if they want to have a strong second half to their season and move away from the relegation zone.