West Ham in hunt to sign Borussia Monchengladbach forward Breel Embolo
West Ham and Brighton want to sign Borussia Monchengladbach forward Breel Emolo before the January transfer window closes, according to The Sunday People.
The newspaper report via their print edition [2 January, page 56] that the Hammers initially eyed up Embolo, 24, in the summer but have continued their interest into this month.
David Moyes reportedly wants to add to his centre-forward options this month and Embolo is someone who’s been in and out of the Monchengladbach side this season.
Pace and power
Embolo is definitely a player who’d fit in at West Ham.
The Switzerland international is a fast and powerful striker who’s also got a keen eye for goal.
While he’s only scored four goals in all competitions for Gladbach this season, he’s only made 13 appearances and started just nine times in the Bundesliga.
Ex-West Ham player Don Hutchison has been raving about Embolo in the past and even dubbed him as a new Michail Antonio because of the way he plays up front.
Speaking on the BBC Radio Five Live Football Daily Podcast back in July, the pundit said: “I’m going to chuck one at you – Breel Embolo. He plays for Switzerland and Borussia Monchengladbach and I’ve seen a lot of him over the past few years.
“He’s a terrific player with loads of speed. As an addition to the Premier League, I think he’d be amazing, it would suit him down to the ground.
“The club I could see him playing for – West Ham United. He’s a younger Michail Antonio and he would compliment him really well with all of those number 10s playing behind him.”
Antonio is pretty much West Ham’s only striker.
He’s not been a striker by trade during most of his career but the Jamaica international is the only man who Moyes can rely on to spearhead his attack each week – although Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko are other options.
Embolo is more natural at playing up front and as he’s playing a bit-part role at Gladbach right now, he’ll no doubt be fine with moving to the London Stadium and playing as a backup for Antonio.
In other West Ham news, a pundit is happy to see the Irons eyeing a “brilliant” £40million swoop for this striker.