West Ham could look to sign AZ Alkmaar striker Vangelis Pavlidis, according to reports.

It’s no secret that the Hammers have struggled to find a striker that can provide strong competition for Michail Antonio in recent years, with both Sebastian Haller and Gianluca Scamacca ultimately failing to find form in Claret and Blue.

Antonio’s game is all about physicality and pace but, at 33-years-old, his age is starting to catch up on him. It’s vital that the club start transitioning from the Jamaican to a younger alternative who can provide similar benefits to suit our style of play.

According to 90min.com, one potential option is AZ Alkmaar’s Pavlidis. The Greek striker has scored 13 goals in just 9 league games and bagged a hattrick in his side’s last match.

The 24-year-old has been a key player for the Dutch side since joining in the 21/22 season, but he’s taken his goal scoring to another level already.

However, other targets are being considered and friend of The West Ham Way, Fabrizio Romano, revealed yesterday that Stuggart striker Serhou Guirassy (who we have been heavily linked with) has a release clause of just €17.5 million.

On top of this, Summer target Hugo Ekitike has been told he can leave PSG and may be someone we look at signing again in the coming windows.

Tim Steidten will no doubt play a huge role in scouting these players as well as other options but it’s no easy task replacing Antonio. No matter your opinion on him, there’s not many players who could do what he does for us. Will third time be the charm for West Ham when it comes to finding a long term striker?

By Charlie Bass

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