West Ham are interested in Mexican international striker Santiago Giménez, it has been reported by ExWHUEmployee.

As has been reported previously by our Podcast co-host and club insider, our Hammers are actively scouting the market across Europe, with our Technical Director Tim Stediten deploying his team to identify targets for next years January and summer transfer windows.

Although various positions have been looked at, it is understood that the striker position is the priority, with Gimenez identified as a player we highly admire and could well make a move for in the new year.

The Feyenoord forward, who is only 22 years of age, is highly rated and has been in stunning form for the Dutch side, having already scored 15 goals in 12 appearances so far this season.

This also follows a prolific campaign last season, whereby the 6ft striker notched 28 goals in 50 appearances. It is therefore understandable that West Ham will face competition for his signature, with Spurs, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Barcelona all said to be big admirers.

Speaking exclusively on The West Ham Way Podcast, Ex stated that this is one to keep tabs on, with Steidten and his team working on a possible move, although it could be that a loan with option to buy is the proffered route, especially for moves in January.

“Santiago Giménez of Feyenoord is definitely one to keep an eye on, with the player identified as someone we very much admire,” said our club insider.

“Steidten and his team are working across various leagues over Europe, and it could be that we look to strenghten again this January.”

Ex though did stress that there isn’t a huge budget for players in the new year, and therefore if we are to make an approach in January, then a loan with option or obligation to buy may be the preference.

“The budget isn’t huge, but there is likely to be enough to do some business,” added Ex. “Our track record for strikers isn’t great, and neither is Moyes’, so I believe they would rather look at loan options first.”