West Ham United is reportedly ready to shatter their transfer record in pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface, according to reports from The Sun (as relays the WHZ). Alan Nixon, reporting for the online edition of the outlet, disclosed on Saturday that West Ham’s head of recruitment, Tim Steidten, is advocating for this “massive swoop.”
While Newcastle United and Chelsea have also shown interest in Boniface, Leverkusen is open to selling the Nigerian international for the right price. West Ham’s current record upfront expenditure on a single player stands at £45 million, the amount paid for Sebastian Haller in July 2019. The Hammers are on the lookout for a prolific goalscorer, and Boniface seems to fit the bill, having scored an impressive 16 goals in 22 matches this season.
In addition to his goal-scoring prowess, Boniface has contributed eight assists since his move to Germany from Union Saint-Gilloise during the summer transfer window. Despite only being with Leverkusen for the past six months, reports suggest that the Nigeria international could be available for the right offer. West Ham must exercise caution with their spending, but recent accounts indicate that they have a reasonable margin to work with.
Steidten’s close ties with his former club Bayer Leverkusen could play a crucial role in West Ham’s favor during negotiations. If West Ham can successfully secure this deal, an attacking trio of Lucas Paqueta, Victor Boniface, and Jarrod Bowen could be considered one of the most formidable in European football. The ball is now in Steidten’s court as he seeks to navigate the complexities of this potential transfer.