West Ham could be about to swoop in for a bargain striker from a relegation threatened Serie A side, according to reports.

What was meant to be an injury that left Antonio sidelined for a couple of weeks has seemingly turned into a long term issue. Despite him reportedly being close to returning, his absence has highlighted West Ham’s need for a striker with Jarrod Bowen having to play as a makeshift No.9.

A number of options are being considered by David Moyes, and Il Mattino (via teamtalk) has reported that one of the potential options is Boulaye Dia. 

The Salernitana forward has been linked with a move to a number of clubs around Europe including Napoli and Frankfurt. The former are apparently looking to do a swap deal for him, while the Irons and Frankfurt are willing to offer cold-hard cash. 

Apparently, the Italian side are only after £13.8 million but are desperate to hold on to him in the hopes of avoiding relegation as they currently sit bottom of the Serie A. 

Even though he is a key player for Salernitana, he has only managed to find the back of the next 4 times this term. The 27 year old’s best goal-scoring campaign came last season where he scored 16 in the league. Apart from that, he has only ever hit double digits twice before, one of them being in the fourth tier of France.

Signing a striker that has not got the best goal scoring record certainly would be a bold move, but his pace, dribbling and strength are all attributes that could see him thrive in David Moyes’ system.

Our Irons certainly have a lot to consider when it comes to choosing what striker to sign but their limited budget means they may appreciate Dia’s low price tag. He clearly has the ability to score a lot of goals, but if he can do so consistently in the Premier League is a different matter.

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