By Peter Lynch

17th Nov, 2023 | 5:10pm

West Ham United insiders share update on PSG striker Hugo Ekitike, January transfer on cards

West Ham insiders believe the possibility of becoming a regular number nine could persuade PSG man Hugo Ekitike to join the club, according to TEAMtalk.

The publication reported on its website on Friday (17 November) that the Hammers have continued to watch the striker after pursuing him in the summer.

The 21-year-old, who has represented France Under-20s at international level, has featured for just eight minutes in all competitions this season for the French giants.

“Newcastle United are long-term admirers of Ekitike and looked primed to sign him at one stage,” according to TEAMtalk.

“They are also back on the scene in this hunt, with the player being tipped to be available on loan in the January window.

“Other clubs around Europe will be keen too but West Ham insiders feel their specific situation might prove to be enticing if this battle is allowed to get underway.”

Ekitike incoming?

It may take a mammoth effort from the powers that be at the London Stadium, but exciting youngster Ekitike may just choose West Ham as his next destination.

Unfortunately after shining for Reims, the striker has not been given a look in at PSG, which is of course unsurprising given the long list of talents at the club, especially world-beater Kylian Mbappe.

Perhaps the young forward will now admit that a new challenge is necessary at this stage of his career, with Ekitike certain to avoid a similar scenario in January if he was to move to East London.

Michail Antonio is currently leading the line under David Moyes, with Danny Ings his deputy, but the future of both strikers is up in the air.

The Hammers could definitely give the youngster regular first team football, with their Europa League status also potentially helping persuade Ekitike to come to England.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are eyeing a former Premier League striker who is “free to leave” his current club, with a January deal on the cards.