By Joe Ellis

11th Jun, 2022 | 9:10pm

West Ham United should re-enter race to sign Valentin Castellanos

David Moyes needs a striker at West Ham and, judging by the many reports, he and his scouting team are trying all they can to make it happen.

The Irons were interested in New York City’s Argentine wonder Valentin Castellanos [The Mirror] who scored 19 goals in 32 games in the MLS to help guide his side to winning the MLS Cup in 2021.

He’s also started the 2022 season like a house on fire with seven goals in 11 matches but Claret and Hugh claim that Moyes is no longer keen on signing the 23-year-old.

Well, the Hammers may want to revisit their stance on Castellanos and put their name back into the hat for his next destination because despite good interest from Leeds United, Newcastle United and Everton, New York City are yet to receive an adequate offer for their talisman [90min].

Leeds are the side expressing the most interest with representatives in the States to try and work out a deal (or have a nice summer holiday) but we can’t allow them to have a free run at this.

Having qualified for European football, we have far more pull in the transfer market than the Whites do who barely survived the drop on the final day by the skin of their teeth in 2021-22.

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If we’re not going to use our continental qualification to usurp our Premier League rivals then what are we going to do in this transfer window?

We can’t keep running as soon as someone else expresses any kind of interest in a player we’ve been scouting, especially with Newcastle looking to spend hundreds of millions of pounds as they try to go from mid-table obscurity to world superpower overnight.

Even if Moyes isn’t 100% convinced about Castellanos, he has to find a striker from somewhere and the longer he waits, the narrower the pool of options becomes.

In other West Ham news, one of the club’s academy graduates is going to stay at the club for at least another year despite ongoing rumours surrounding his future.

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