West Ham United may be about to stumble across someone who could help unlock the keys to success for Sebastien Haller at the London Stadium…
What’s the word?
According to Calciomercato, the Hammers could be a potential destination for out-of-favour Napoli winger Adam Ounas this summer after the 23-year-0ld changed agents.
He is now represented by the same person who controls Spurs’ Moussa Sissoko and he is keen to get the Algerian to the Premier League – and in particular, West Ham.
It’s claimed that a permanent switch to east London could cost around €15m to €18m (£13.5m to £16m) and that the Serie A outfit want to sell him.
Given the news that the Irons have been dealt earlier this week surrounding Grady Diangana, this could well be a small saving grace.
The club are set to offload the young starlet to West Brom for an initial £12m despite their struggling striker praising his performances during preseason, he said:
“We are all happy to have him here and we are going to try to use his quality and strength, me most of all. Hopefully, he will be giving me even more assists in the future!”
Well, Ounas can plug that gap. Scouted Football describes the Napoli winger as an “attacker who could help create more shots” as he “disrupts defences and opens up space with electric dribbling.
The 23-year-old provided two goals and four assists in just 14 starts for loan club Nice last season where he also averaged 2.8 dribbles, 1.6 key passes and 1.9 long balls per game, via WhoScored.
This only goes to show the sort of upside he has at his disposal.
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti used him at the Serie A club and believed that he’s one of a few that could “do special things” to “create something out of nothing”.
Moyes needs someone exactly like this to help bring the best out of Haller, who only managed to net seven times last season.
Whilst he’s not the Diangana many have been crying out for, Ounas seems like the perfect replacement, especially for just £16m too.
AND in other news, West Ham swoop for illustrious 28 y/o star could be shades of Jack Wilshere…
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