In an unexpected turn of events, the saga surrounding Hugo Ekitike’s potential move to West Ham United has taken a surprising twist, as revealed by renowned transfer insider Fabrizio Romano. As relays the HammerNews, Romano’s insight comes following talks between Tim Steidten and Ekitike, raising questions about the young striker’s future.
Earlier this week, the call from West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking resonated through the club’s corridors, urging David Moyes and Tim Steidten to secure players capable of bolstering the team’s goal-scoring capabilities. The call was taken seriously, and recent developments suggest that Moyes and Steidten are working to fulfill this mandate.
Currently standing on the cusp of acquiring the dynamic Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus, who recently concluded his tenure with the Dutch club with a remarkable hat-trick, West Ham is evidently aiming to strengthen their attacking prowess.
Moyes’ aspiration to finalize two more signings before the imminent closure of the summer transfer window has fueled speculation around the club’s interactions with notable strikers, including Youssef En-Nesyri and Hugo Ekitike.
Foot Mercato recently reported that Tim Steidten engaged directly with Ekitike, following encouraging discussions with PSG director Luis Campos regarding the prospect of bringing the swift-footed French forward to West Ham. However, the situation has since taken a surprising twist, with Fabrizio Romano shedding light on the matter after engaging in talks with Steidten.
Sharing his insights on social media, the Italian transfer expert indicated that PSG is growing confident in securing Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani. This development would seemingly benefit West Ham’s chances of securing Ekitike, as his opportunities with PSG could diminish in light of Muani’s potential arrival. Yet, Romano reveals that Ekitike’s trajectory might instead lead him to Frankfurt as part of a larger deal.
“Paris Saint-Germain and Eintracht are optimistic on reaching an agreement for Randal Kolo Muani,” Romano shared. “Talks continue as Eintracht are looking for a replacement and Hugo Ekitike still discussed as an option between clubs.”
This unanticipated turn of events places West Ham’s focus on exploring alternative options. Reports from ABC Sevilla suggest that West Ham could acquire Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla for a relatively modest fee of €25 million (£21.4 million), an offer that could be viewed as an excellent bargain for the Hammers.
As the transfer window’s closure draws near, the unfolding saga surrounding Ekitike underscores the intricate dynamics of football negotiations, while prompting West Ham to pivot and explore alternative avenues to fortify their attacking lineup.