By Callum O'Connell

15th Sep, 2023 | 5:10pm

Chelsea to rival West Ham United for Santiago Gimenez signing if they can't land Toney

Chelsea have identified Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez as a possible option to solve their striker issues and could rival West Ham for his signature, according to 90min.

The online news outlet shared via their website on 14 September that the Blues are thought to be interested in Brentford striker Ivan Toney, but some officials at Stamford Bridge are uncertain whether a big-money move would be the right call.

It is reported that should they opt against a move for Toney, they will move for Gimenez, who was linked with a move to West Ham in the summer as they look to improve their own striker options with the man who has scored 20 goals in his last 36 games.

Hammers should get the deal over the line

Gimenez has been in red-hot form for Feyenoord, having scored nine goals in his final ten outings last season, before adding another five in four games so far this season, and is now attracting interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs with his goalscoring prowess.

The Mexican international played 32 games and scored 15 goals in last season’s Eredivisie campaign as he helped fire his side to the league title, and has started this season in a similar vein as the club look to continue their period of success.

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At just 22 years old, Gimenez is proving to be one of the hottest prospects in European football, but it will be difficult to prise him away from his club after general manager Dennis te Kloese revealed he expects the striker to stay in Rotterdam after extending his contract until 2027.

He would certainly fit the mould of David Moyes’ team at the London Stadium, with WhoScored listing one of his strengths as an “indirect set-piece threat” which has been a priority for the Hammers so far this season.

In other West Ham news, Moyes has a “special bond” with one West Ham-linked star who wants “redemption”.