By Joe Ellis

23rd Jun, 2022 | 10:00pm

West Ham United must not allow Armstrong Okoflex to leave this summer

David Moyes is desperately trying to solve West Ham United’s striker dilemma this summer and there is no end of strikers on the list.

There are four attackers from Serie A among those catching Moyes’ eye with Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca of Sassuolo the two headline names we have made contact for.

But the boss could have sorted his own issues without the need to splurge massive money in the transfer market because our own young strikers have been banging in the goals at youth level.

None more so than 20-year-old Armstrong Okoflex who bagged 11 goals for the Hammers in Premier League 2 during the 2021-22 campaign.

His goal-scoring prowess last season would have seen him earn a promotion t the senior team at the majority of clubs but instead, he looks destined to be leaving the club this summer.

According to Sky Sports (22 June, 10:00pm), there are clubs from the Championship and even in Europe that are keen to sign the Irishman with only 12 months left on his current deal at the London Stadium.

You can understand why they are keeping their eyes peeled too because anyone who has scored that amount of goals in the most competitive youth football league in the country surely has some decent talent.

Even if we don’t think he is going to start ahead of Michail Antonio at any point this season, we still need someone to be his backup and it appears to be the logical step for Okoflex after a great year for the Under-23s.

Allowing him to leave West Ham would just create more problems for Moyes in a transfer window that he already has plenty to do after his small squad began to get exposed towards the end of last season.

We still need at least one more midfielder and a goalkeeper too in terms of high priority but another four or five more signings could be needed before the season begins.