By Olly Allen

14th Dec, 2021 | 8:10am

West Ham want to sign New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos

West Ham are considering a move for New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos in January, according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old finished as the top scorer in MLS this season, netting 19 goals in the regular campaign before hitting three more to help his side win the MLS Cup playoffs.

The report claims he is valued at approximately £15million, with the Hammers set to face competition from Spain and from Besiktas, who have reportedly had a bid turned down.

Castellanos’s performances have even caught the eye of Pep Guardiola who said on Monday (13 December):

“I think he is a guy who will do the next step in Europe. What I saw when the scouting department talked to me, I know he’s a quality player and ready to make the next step to Europe and we will see where.”

Red-hot form

Castellanos is the latest striker to be linked with a move to the London Stadium as the January transfer window approaches.

West Ham’s well-documented desire to sign a new centre forward has led to speculation hotting up over the last few weeks.

David Moyes is keen to bolster his options upfront to support Michail Antonio, who has not scored in his last seven Premier League matches.  

Castellanos is a very promising talent who ended the MLS season in excellent form, netting nine goals in his last seven appearances.

Transfermarkt describe the Argentine as “sensational” following his exploits in front of goal in 2021.

New York City will surely not be short of offers for Castellanos, particularly as £15million would seem a pretty good deal for a player who could still improve further.

Exports from MLS to Europe have historically not been that successful, but the striker is one of the most exciting players to come out of the league in a long time so he deserves his chance at a higher level.

In other West Ham news, an ex-Premier League referee has given his verdict on a controversial incident against Burnley.

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