Along with German giants Borussia Dortmund, West Ham have been linked with Spartak Moscow and Sweden attacker Jordan Larsson.
According to Goal, the Hammers are monitoring the forward who has scored 12 times this season in the Russian Premier League.
The 23-year-old is the son of Swedish icon Henrik Larsson and trained at the famous La Masia academy whilst his father played for Barcelona.
Chip off the old block
Like his father, Larsson certainly appears to know where the goal is. Since the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign, the Swedish international has been involved in 73 goals [WyScout]. He was 16 that season, so an average of 12 goals and assists per year isn’t bad.
Larsson appears to have come into his own in Russia. In the top flight, he’s registered 16 goal involvements in 23 appearances. He averages a goal or assist in every 128 minutes of play.
He’s been largely effective in his past few games. Larsson has four goals and one assist in his last five appearances for Spartak, no wonder he’s turning heads.
If anything, it should be encouraging that we’re linked to a player along with Borussia Dortmund. They have a knack for uncovering some of the finest young talent in world football. They only sign elite youngsters.
Jude Bellingham, Jason Sancho and Erling Haaland, are excellent examples of this – they don’t waste their time with mediocre players. It could obviously also work against us, Dortmund can offer Champions League football, after all.
That said, we’re having a good season ourselves, and if we finish strongly, there is no reason we can’t attract some big names to come and play their football in east London.
This link is very encouraging. It highlights further the kind of direction David Moyes wants to take the club into, and the philosophy he’s aiming to create at the London Stadium.
It’s more positive news to hear the club looking at attacking options. It’s no secret that we’re short of reinforcements up top, and the injury to Michail Antonio highlights this further.
Hopefully, Moyes has another good window this summer and we see some more exciting faces in claret and blue next season. Regardless of where we finish, it’s important that we strike whilst the iron is hot and build on this impressive campaign.
In other West Ham news, Keith Hackett expects there to be an FA investigation after this incident at Molineux.