West Ham United have been told exactly how much it’ll cost to sign Haris Seferovic this summer…
What’s the word?
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via Sport Witness), the Hammers are among the clubs interested in the Benfica colossus, who has returned to pre-season training this week after his success at Euro 2020.
It’s thought that the Primeira Liga giants are demanding in the region of €25m (£22m) to let him leave before next month’s transfer deadline.
The Irons are facing competition from Premier League rivals Everton, whilst Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the 29-year-old striker.
Should West Ham pay £22m for Seferovic?
Perfect for Moyes
It is no secret that David Moyes needs a new centre-forward to provide competition for Michail Antonio next season. After all, he’s the only senior option at the Scotsman’s disposal in that position.
That has to be a worrying prospect heading into a potential 50-plus game campaign, especially as, in six years at the club, the 31-year-old has only once started more than 24 league matches in a season due to persistent injury problems.
Seferovic would offer the Irond a new presence up top as, at 6 foot 2, he is more of a target man than an explosive forward like Antonio.
The Benfica star found the net 22 times in 31 league appearances last season and won an average of 2.1 aerial duels per game, via WhoScored.
This ability in the air was reinforced during Euro 2020 as Seferovic stunned France in their round of 16 clash. He scored twice with his head as Switzerland knocked the World Cup holders out of the competition.
One of the goals had ITV commentator Ally McCoist in awe, deeming him “superb” for his ability to cause damage to some big-name defenders like Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe.
Seferovic is said to model his game on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which should come as no surprise given his aforementioned attributes.
“Seferovic is a full-blooded centre-forward who moves very well. He also has the physique to compete against robust opponents,” once claimed former Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.