West Ham United closing in on agreement for Elye Wahi

West Ham United are close to reaching an agreement with Montpellier for their 20-year-old striker Elye Wahi.

Fabrice Hawkins of RMC Sport reckon West Ham United are closer than ever to reaching an agreement with Montpellier for Elye Wahi. The 20-year-old striker, who had 19 goals last season, could move to the Hammers for around €35-40 million, including bonuses.

West Ham United are close to strengthening their squad further using the transfer window as the club close in on several deals. David Moyes and Tim Steidten have visibly ended their feud to seemingly work towards common goals.

West Ham have sufficiently bolstered their midfielder options in the wake of Declan Rice’s departure. Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse arrived, and now they could look for a new defender. Moyes also has attacking reinforcements in his mind, with a striker and a versatile creator at the forefront.

They are closing in on Mohammed Kudus after agreeing personal terms with the Ajax star . An official bid in the coming days could seal the transfer of the Ghanaian, and the Hammers are simultaneously looking at a new centre-forward option.

Folarin Balogun emerged on their list, and they may have made a few enquiries. However, Arsenal’s heavy asking price had put them off the trail, at which point they started pursuing Elye Wahi with some intent. As per reports in France, the 19-goal attacker from Montpellier reportedly would prefer a move to the Hammers over other more high-profile suitors.

West Ham United have since held concrete talks with Rennes, who had indicated a price range after rejecting Chelsea’s bid for Wahi. Fabrice Hawkins now suggests the Hammers are close to finding an agreement to sign the 20-year-old for a fee near the €35-40 million mark, including bonuses.

It’s an excellent deal for West Ham if it goes through. Wahi has proved his worth in France, and his 19 goals last season are a testament to his qualities. They will invest significantly into their future with him and could even make a handsome profit in a few years.

Whether Wahi would follow their style remains the question, but Moyes has broadly indicated with his recruitment that he’s ready to evolve. For that price, Wahi seems like a smart buy, and if they manage to bring Kudus through the door, it could turn into an exceptional window for the Hammers despite their earlier struggles.

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