West Ham has joined London rivals Tottenham in their hunt for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun. The Besiktas hit man, who is valued at almost £17 million, has been scouted by both London clubs throughout this season.
Hammers boss, Slaven Bilic, might have an advantage over his Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino. He worked with Tosun for two years during his time as Besiktas manager.
Tosun 25, made good his reputation last week when he netted two times in four minutes during Turkey’s World Cup Qualifier against Finland.
Signing Tosun would be less complicated for the English clubs, because he would not require a work permit to play in the Premier League. He has a European Passport.
West Ham have not been fortunate with injuries this season, and they have been disappointing in front of goal, with most of their attackers always injured, and those who are fit keep misfiring.
Their attempt to solve this problem short term hasn’t worked. They signed Simeone Zaza, Fernando Calleri, and Steven Fletcher last season, but none of these players have helped the team and the effective Andre Ayew is injury-prone.
Tottenham also lack a reliable back up option for Harry Kane. The brought in Vincent Janssen last season to help take some goal scoring burden off the back of Harry Kane, but the Dutch man has failed to fill that void.