West Ham United plotting £20 million Emmanuel Dennis swoop

Premier League side West Ham United are reportedly plotting a £20 million move for Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis.

Daily Mirror report that West Ham United are interested in Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis and are planning a summer move for him. The Hammers are prepared to back manager David Moyes in the upcoming transfer window to continue challenging for European spots in the Premier League.

Signing a striker is one of their priorities and Dennis has thus emerged as an option over a possible £20 million move. West Ham have a big advantage in their pursuit of the Nigerian international as Watford have been relegated to the Championship and the striker is keen to continue in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old joined the Hornets in a £3 million move last summer from Club Brugge and has been their top-scorer with ten Premier League goals. Dennis has also provided six assists, and it comes as no surprise that the centre-forward is attracting interest from other clubs.

Dennis will also be forced to take a pay cut with the club’s relegation from the Premier Leageu, as per a clause in his deal, the aforementioned report states. Moreover, Watford, too, could be tempted to cash in on the centre-forward, who still has four years left on his contract, with potential suitors like West Ham lining up.

West Ham are prepared to back David Moyes this summer (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
West Ham are prepared to back David Moyes this summer (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis is reportedly valued at over £20million, with the Hornets expected to push for even more as they need to pay a sell-on fee to Brugge. Newcastle United are also said to be showing interest in Dennis, but West Ham will offer the forward European football, which the Magpies cannot.

The Hammers’ board is ready to back Moyes with funds in the transfer market. West Ham reportedly want to sign a striker, two central midfielders and a winger or more this summer. West Ham have been linked with the likes of Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and Lille striker Jonathan David.

Some players could be sold as well, with Nikola Vlasic, who only joined last year, ‘set to be offloaded’. Midfielder Declan Rice has also been linked with multiple Premier League clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly favourites for his signature. These sales could leave West Ham with a sizeable transfer budget to splurge in the upcoming window.

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