After selling Rice, West Ham plan to use the profits to land a 25-year-old striker with 21 goals last season

West Ham United are reportedly considering a significant signing from the Championship as they target Viktor Gyokeres, according to Record, via Sport Witness.

As relays the FFC, the 25-year-old has made a name for himself since joining Coventry permanently in the second tier, playing a key role in their 2022/23 play-off final campaign with impressive goal contributions. Gyokeres featured in all 46 games, starting in 44 of them, scoring 21 goals and providing 10 assists, marking a career-best tally of 31 goal contributions in 46 appearances.

In his first full season with Coventry, Gyokeres netted an additional 17 goals in 41 starts. As a regular in the Championship, the striker has consistently achieved double-digit goal tallies. His performance metrics compare favorably to other forwards in the Men’s ‘Next 8’ leagues across Europe, particularly in terms of his non-penalty goal rate of 0.40 (63rd percentile) and his impressive assist rate of 0.22 per 90 minutes (top nine percent), highlighting his clinical finishing and ability to create chances for teammates.

Gyokeres’s standout performances in the Championship have attracted interest, with Sporting and West Ham both reportedly keen on securing his services this summer. West Ham, in particular, is said to be prepared to intensify their pursuit of the striker, as they possess the financial strength to outbid Sporting, thanks to the expected sale of Declan Rice.

While Coventry would demand a significant fee, likely exceeding their initial investment, it is believed that they are seeking around €20 million (£17 million) for Gyokeres. This valuation presents a more favorable option for West Ham compared to Sporting, as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming season.