Armand Lauriente’s agent, Roberto Meloni, recently confirmed that West Ham United had made an approach for the talented striker, who had also been on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar, writes the WHZ. In an interview with Tutto Mercato Web, Meloni shed light on the interest from both clubs, revealing that while Spurs had expressed their interest, West Ham had taken more concrete steps towards a potential transfer. However, Lauriente, a 24-year-old Frenchman plying his trade at Sassuolo, ultimately declined the opportunity to move to the London Stadium and instead opted to continue his career in Serie A.
Meloni explained, “Then there was an interest from Tottenham, and it’s no secret that [Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli would have liked him if he had stayed in Naples. In the Premier League, there was an attempt from West Ham, but he wants to reach an important level, preferring a second season in Sassuolo to confirm himself. With [Sassuolo manager Alessio] Dionisi, he is developing well, and he is in an excellent position.”
While West Ham addressed several key areas during the summer transfer window, one notable omission was the acquisition of a new striker, a decision that may come back to haunt them as the season progresses. Michail Antonio has been the primary striker for the Hammers, starting every game thus far. However, his fitness record has been less than stellar, and there is a risk of him going through extended goalless spells.
Although Mohammed Kudus could potentially lead the line, there have been no clear indications from manager David Moyes that he intends to pursue that route. Lauriente could have provided healthy competition for Antonio and, if he proved his worth, potentially secured a starting role ahead of the Jamaican striker.
The upcoming months leading to January will be telling, as West Ham will need to assess their striking options and decide whether to pursue another striker. The decision not to sign Lauriente could prove to be a missed opportunity for the Hammers, as they navigate the challenges of the Premier League season ahead.