By Pranav Shahaney

29th Aug, 2022 | 9:16am

West Ham and Everton appear to be among five Premier League clubs watching Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton-Diaz v Stoke City.

Sun journalist Alax Nixon has shared on 29 August a list of the scouts in attendance to watch the game on Saturday and Brighton, Aston Villa and Southampton had their scouts present as well.

It’s understood that the Rovers are willing to cash in on the 23-year-old this summer and a fee in the region of £15million is what they’re demanding.

It’s understood that Diaz has been a target for the Hammers for months and they could look to sign him ahead of the transfer deadline.

Not needed?

West Ham would have taken the Chilean had they not signed Gianluca Scamacca, but now that they have, another striker isn’t really needed.

They’ve got Michail Antonio already and by the looks of it, he will be sharing game time with the Italian who does not seem ready to play the full 90 minutes just yet.

Diaz will not join to play as the second or third choice striker and would want guaranteed playing time given the interest shown in his services.

If David Moyes envisages a role for him in the future, it would make sense to sign him and then loan him out until the rest of the season.

However, we’re unsure if the player’s heart is in the move or he wants to join a Premier League team and play every minute of every game.

The fact that the West Ham scout was there suggests that things could still happen and it remains to be seen if there’s a bid tabled for him ahead of the September 1 deadline.