West Ham United and Leicester City are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar.
According to a recent report from Fichajes, Vincent Aboubakar has become a sought-after figure in European football following his exploits in the Africa Cup of Nations. The Cameroonian forward currently plies his trade at Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr FC but has emerged as a potential target for two Premier League clubs in West Ham and Leicester City.
Both the English outfits are said to be closely following the progression of Aboubakar and are expected to make a move in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Formerly of Lorient, Aboubakar enjoyed the best years of his career in Portugal. During his six-year spell at FC Porto, the attacker scored 58 goals in 125 competitive appearances while adding 16 assists. He left the club in 2020, joining Besiktas before eventually ending up at Al-Nassr last summer.
In his maiden season in the Saudi professional league, the striker has netted five goals in 15 league matches. However, Aboubakar has made his big breakthrough in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. In just seven matches, he netted eight goals, helping Cameroon end the tournament in third place.
The Cameroonian’s exploits in the AFCON have put a number of clubs on red alert, including West Ham. It is no secret that the Hammers are in the market for a new striker. They were notably linked with a deadline day move for Divock Origi, but it appears coach David Moyes is prepared to splash the cash on a new forward in the summer.
Vincent Aboubakar fits the bill well, given his feisty nature of play that could tune in well with the physically astute nature of the Premier League. However, the Hammers are set to face stiff competition from Leicester City in the pursuit of the former Lorient starlet next season.
Much like West Ham, the Foxes are eyeing a move for a new striker that can prove to be a potential alternative for the two main forwards in Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka.
West Ham, though, are in a better position to offer the 30-year-old regular game-time, as they have Michail Antonio as the only reliable goalscoring option. That could soon change in the summer as Moyes looks to bolster his squad in an attempt to further strengthen West Ham and take on the big guns yet again next season.