David Moyes believes that West Ham cannot match Chelsea’s asking rate of £40m for England international Tammy Abraham this summer.
In the last few weeks, the 23-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for West Ham as the London side are looking to sign a striker this summer.
Sebastien Haller left the London Stadium in January and the Hammers did not sign a like-for-like replacement or get in someone on loan until the end of the season.
However, they’re now likely to pursue a move to sign a number nine on a permanent basis and Abraham was understood to be a priority transfer target.
Any hopes of signing the forward from Chelsea have now been crushed as Moyes has ruled his side out of the deal, citing the player’s high transfer fee.
He told Sky Sports, “It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out. So if that’s the figure [£40m] and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.
“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no. Is that sort of figure our total spend? It may well be. But you never know here.
“I don’t think we will be making a purchase of that for any one player. I’d be surprised if we were.”
Plenty of fish in the sea
There’s no denying that Abraham is a quality striker who will deliver goals if given the time to play. At Chelsea, there’s been a lot of upheaval in terms of the players and coaching staff, due to which the forward could never really settle and nail down a regular first-team berth.
Luis Suarez is also known to be a fan of the attacker. In 2019, the then Barcelona forward said, “He is an incredible striker with a good finishing and who moves incredibly despite his youth.”
West Ham have been linked with the two in the last few weeks and it’s likely that the club seriously pursues either of them this summer.
Ings, despite his injury record, is a proven goal scorer and at 28, is in his peak at the moment.
En-Nesyri, on the other hand, is five years his junior but has been influential in making Sevilla outside contenders for La Liga this season.
The Moroccan has bagged 17 league goals this season, despite not being a regular starter, which tells you how clinical he’s been. Add to that, he’s an aerial threat and would be deadly from set plays.
While Abraham’s news has been a setback, fans should be reassured that the club will continue looking at alternatives.
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