West Ham are apparently looking to sign a Ghanaian international to pair up with Mohammed Kudus.
With it looking increasingly likely that Said Benrahma will be departing soon, West Ham are keen to sign a left winger to replace him. The likes of Steven Bergwijn and Jack Clarke have all been linked with a move to East London but, according to The Sun, the Hammers could sign one of Kudus’ Ghana teammates.
Joseph Paintsil is a forward who actually scored against the Irons for Genk two years ago. The 25 year old is very solid overall, having blistering pace, solid passing and a real eye for goal. While his defensive work rates would need to improve in Moyes’ system, he could be a real bargain with a release clause of £7 million.
Last season, he scored 17 league goals and assisted another 11, and he has continued that impressive form by having 10 goal contributions already this term.
Unfortunately, the Hammers will not secure his signature without a challenge with LA Galaxy, Wolves and Nottingham Forest all interested. His low cost will be extremely appealing to any team who believes he can take the leap from Belgium to England.
Currently, Paintsil is away with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations which could make negotiating a deal slightly harder. It is also worth noting that Leeds reportedly tried and failed to sign him in the Summer due to not meeting his demands. Whether that will be a stumbling block for West Ham remains to be seen.
Overall, if he can adapt to the Premier League, David Moyes could have an absolute steal on his hands. Given that it is believed he would prefer to play in the Premier League over America, as well as our Irons having Europe, there is no reason that a move to the London Stadium would not be attractive to the winger. It would be a risky signing but, for such a low price, it may be one that is worth taking.
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