West Ham Intensify Pursuit of PSG’s Ekitike and Engage in Discussions with Corinthians for Alberto

West Ham United is ramping up its interest in Hugo Ekitike, the striker from Paris SaintGermain, while concurrently entering into further negotiations with Corinthians regarding a potential deal for Yuri Alberto.

Manager David Moyes is determined to fortify his attacking options prior to the imminent closure of the transfer window on Friday. West Ham has already initiated talks with PSG regarding Ekitike and has been diligently monitoring multiple strikers. Tim Steidten, the clubs technical director, has made his way to Brazil in an endeavor to establish an agreeable fee for Alberto. Nonetheless, contingency plans are also being developed in case the arrangement for the 22yearold Brazilian does not come to fruition.

West Hams interest in Ekitike was initially sparked in January 2022. However, the French striker ultimately joined PSG from Reims later that year. At 21, Ekitike has encountered difficulties in making a substantial impact at Parc des Princes, prompting PSG to seek his departure. The French champions have proposed Ekitike as part of a deal to Eintracht Frankfurt for their primary attacking target, Randal Kolo Muani. However, Ekitike seems unwilling to be employed as a makeweight in this manner.

This development has presented an opportunity for West Ham to make a move. The club aims to secure additional coverage for Michail Antonio, who has already netted two goals in three appearances this season. Although Antonio performed admirably in West Ham’s victories against Brighton and Chelsea, his history of fitness issues remains a concern. Additionally, the Saudi Pro League has expressed interest in acquiring him this summer.

Moyes’ quest for greater attacking strength follows the departure of Gianluca Scamacca to Atalanta earlier this month. While promising academy prospect Divin Mubama offers potential, he lacks experience. Furthermore, Danny Ings, who was acquired from Aston Villa in January, has struggled to make a significant impact. Ings could potentially leave if West Ham secures a new forward, and Everton is hopeful of securing a loan deal for the former Burnley striker.

Notably, West Ham is unlikely to secure both Alberto and Ekitike due to financial constraints. Mohammed Kudus, a versatile winger from Ghana who recently arrived from Ajax, could potentially be deployed as a forward. Given budget limitations, West Ham cannot afford to acquire two new strikers. Negotiations with PSG have predominantly revolved around the possibility of both a loan and a permanent transfer for Ekitike, with an estimated price tag of around £30 million.