By Saikat Mandal

10th Oct, 2021 | 6:30am

West Ham want to sign Raul de Tomas in January

West Ham are reportedly looking to sign a striker in January, and have earmarked Raul de Tomas for that role.

According to reports from Fichajes.net, the Hammers have identified the 27-year-old as their latest target.

The report claims that West Ham will need to pay around €30 million (£27m) to sign the former Real Madrid striker.

The Hammers have been looking to sign a striker since the departure of Sebastien Haller to moved to Ajax during the last January window.

They failed to address the issue in the summer as well leaving David Moyes with Michail Antonio as the only striker at his disposal.

While the 30-year-old striker is enjoying a rich vein of form this season, clearly the Hammers need more depth and quality in that area.

Experienced

De Tomas spent a large part of his youth career at Real Madrid. He progressed from the club’s youth academy but never featured for the first team.

His stint with Rayo Vallecano was a big success, where he managed 38 goals in 66 games whilst on loan.

A move to Benfica in 2019 didn’t work out in his favour as he managed only three goals in 17 appearances and returned to Spain midway through the campaign.

At Espanyol, he has found his scoring touch back again, managing 23 goals in 38 games last season. He has started the present campaign strongly with three goals to his name already.

He has a contract at the club till 2026, and the Hammers will have to pay hefty money to sign him.

De Tomas has loads of experience, managing 114 career goals so far, but there’s no guarantee that he can do well outside Spain.

If West Ham are indeed willing to pay around £25-30m, they should look for players with proven Premier League quality.

In other West Ham news, ‘Brilliant’ player unlikely to feature again, Hammers pushing for Jan sale