By Joe Ellis

17th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

West Ham United boost in Emmanuel Dennis chase, could be 'sacrificed' by Watford

West Ham United target Emmanuel Dennis may have to be sold by Watford to cover off a drop in revenue from being relegated, according to The Mirror.

The 24-year-old has scored 10 goals this season for the already-relegated Hornets having been signed for just £3million from Belgian side Club Brugge last summer.

He is now rated at £20-30million and the Mirror claim that Watford will push for every penny they can get for the Nigerian international because his former side have a sell-on clause.

Dennis would also need to take a significant wage cut to stay at Vicarage Road next season as a result of their relegation but everything points to an exit from the club with the Nigerian keen to remain in England.

Newcastle United are also interested in signing the 24-year-old but the Hammers remain at the front of the queue at the moment owing to their European football qualification that the Magpies lack.


Of all the strikers West Ham have been linked with, which is a lot, Dennis isn’t going to be the most attractive option on David Moyes’ list.

He’s done well to score 10 goals in a relegated team this season and he began the year in sensational form that saw everyone rushing to get him into their Fantasy Premier League teams.

But he has gone off the boil along with Watford in the second half of the season and his stock hasn’t carried on rising like it had been doing.

Having said that, he could still score 10-15 goals for the Irons should he come to the London Stadium next season and West Ham won’t have to pay through the nose to get him either.

He’s the ideal balance between talent and value for money which could just catapult him much higher on Moyes’ list of strikers as he looks to provide Michail Antonio with some vital backup and competition.

In other West Ham news, Moyes is also targeting a central defender and has this speedster from the Bundesliga in his crosshairs.

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