West Ham United is reportedly gearing up to reignite their interest in Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, following an unsuccessful £40 million bid during the summer transfer window, as per the Sunday People.
According to the print edition of the newspaper on November 19, West Ham manager David Moyes is eager to bolster his attacking options at the London Stadium, particularly after failing to secure a replacement for Gianluca Scamacca earlier in the summer, relays the WHZ.
Solanke, who still has three years remaining on his contract with Bournemouth, has been in scintillating form, netting six goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season. Despite the failed bid in July, Moyes is determined to pursue the English striker to enhance the Hammers’ attacking prowess.
On paper, Solanke appears to be an ideal fit for Moyes’s requirements in a striker. With a physical presence, excellent hold-up play, and composure on the ball, coupled with clinical finishing, Solanke aligns with the manager’s preferences. His potential acquisition could significantly strengthen West Ham’s forward line.
However, the stumbling block in this prospective deal is likely to be the substantial transfer fee. The £40 million offer rejected in the summer may need to be increased to tempt Bournemouth into selling during the upcoming January transfer window. Solanke’s outstanding form, pivotal role in the team, and Bournemouth’s ongoing relegation battle contribute to the expected high valuation.
Typically, January transfer prices experience inflation, and considering Solanke’s goal-scoring prowess, strategic importance to Bournemouth, and the mid-season timing of the potential sale, West Ham may face a considerable financial investment to secure the services of the talented striker.