West Ham are set to lose out on one of their top striker targets to bitter rivals.

In the run up to the transfer window, it was made abundantly clear that West Ham’s priority was signing a striker. A number of quality players have been linked with a move to East London this January.

However, none was a more interesting prospect than that of ex-Chelsea striker Timo Werner. The German international failed to live up the hype when he moved to the Blues, and since moving back to RB Leipzig he has found himself becoming more of a squad player.

In order to keep his place in the national team, Werner is desperate to get a move away and our own ExWHUEmployee revealed the possibility of him coming to the London Stadium on loan this January.

Unfortunately, the Irons are set to miss out on his signature and, to add insult to injury, Tottenham are instead going to secure his services, Fabrizio Romano has stated.

“Timo Werner has accepted Spurs proposal as he wants to return to the Premier League,” he tweeted to his 19.4 million followers on X.

“He’s very keen on working with Ange Postecoglou. Postecoglou also approved the deal. Negotiations ongoing today between Leipzig and Tottenham on loan plus potential option to buy clause.”

Ultimately, whoever took him on was taking on a massive risk. He has all the makings of a world-class striker but simply does not score the goals to back it up. In the right system, he will thrive but if that would be under Ange, it remains to be seen.

On the other hand, David Moyes’ counter-attacking football would suit his style of play to a tee, on paper at least.

He has big boots to fill if he is to be Spurs long-term replacement for Harry Kane. He could not do it in the Premier League playing in a strong Chelsea, is he up to the challenges that the North London club poses?

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