By George Overhill

27th Apr, 2022 | 1:40pm

David Moyes still hopeful of West Ham move for £67million Benfica star Darwin Nunez

West Ham manager David Moyes still wants Benfica striker Darwin Nunez according to Ryan Taylor in The Express, even though he may have been priced out.

The Hammers chased the Uruguayan on deadline day in the January window, but the timing of the move made it impossible to complete what the Scot claimed would have been a “record” transfer.

That contributed to an entirely fruitless window, and as the forward has continued to attract attention with his excellent form the giants of Europe have joined the chase.

David Ornstein reported in The Athletic earlier this month that Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were all competing at the front of the queue, apparently knocking the Irons out of the race, but it seems the manager hasn’t given up hope.

In a report on the availability of fellow Hammers striking target Hugo Eiktike, who is now available but looks likely to move to Newcastle, Taylor writes in The Express: “David Moyes still has his eye on Benfica’s Darwin Nunez but he may now be out of West Ham’s reach due to his £67m price tag that continues to soar.”

Wishful thinking?

Unless Moyes knows something that most others don’t as a result of the January interactions it seems like this one is dead in the water.

Perhaps he is banking on Europa League glory leading to a place in the Champions League group stage next season.

Without that it seems highly unlikely that Nunez, who lit up the knockout rounds, would accept dropping out of Europe’s premier competition when he has the choice of clubs who will be competing in it.

Unless there is a realistic chance of stealing in and securing Nunez then it would benefit the club to end the pursuit and turn attentions to players who could be signed.

They were apparently interested in Ekitike in January without making a concrete offer, but with Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot now accepting that the teenager will leave Moyes would have a better chance of beating Newcastle to him.

Fans will have to hope that the continued focus on Nunez is based on something tangible and will not simply end with the club empty-handed but extolling the impressive size of the unsuccessful offer they made.

In other West Ham news, one key Irons star is still angry about what happened earlier in his career.

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