By Olly Allen

7th Dec, 2021 | 9:10pm

West Ham need to make a decision on Besiktas forward Cyle Larin as the transfer window approaches

West Ham could be forced into a decision on whether they want to sign Besiktas forward Cyle Larin in January.

The Hammers were linked with a move for the Canadian by Turkish outlet Sozcu in May, but nothing came of the interest in the summer.

Today (7 December) TEAMTalk have reported that Brighton and Hove Albion are considering making a move for Larin when the transfer window opens.  

The striker is out of contract with Besiktas at the end of the season, meaning he will either be available for a cut-price fee in January or Premier League clubs can negotiate a pre-contract agreement which would see him join for free next summer (2022).

It means that if David Moyes wants to bring Larin to the London Stadium, he will not be able to afford to hang around in January.

Described as a ‘big-game player’ by the MLS website, the 26-year-old can play anywhere along the frontline.

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Last season he was rotated between both wings and the centre forward position for Besiktas, scoring 19 league goals in the process.

This season he has stayed just on the left hand side and only netted four league goals so far.

That may convince Moyes that Larin is not the transfer target he should go for in January, as he needs an out and out centre forward to provide backup and competition for Michail Antonio.

That said, if no club comes in with an offer in January, it could be worth the Hammers looking again next summer (2022) if they wanted to bolster their attacking options; Larin would certainly represent excellent value as a free transfer.

The forward is reportedly keen on playing in England, so it is likely we could see him at the London Stadium over the next 12 months – whether that is in claret and blue or with an opposition side.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers should sign this striker who has been made available to loan.

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