West Ham could be about to shatter their transfer record in order to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Victor Boniface.
Out of seemingly nowhere, West Ham’s long hunt for a striker may be coming to an end. Scamacca, Haller, Ings and many more have failed to impress in East London, but the club seem determined to find the right No.9 for David Moyes’ system.
The Sun reports that the Hammers are prepared to go all out by breaking their record transfer fee for Victor Boniface. The Bayer Leverkusen striker has been incredible this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further 7 in just 16 league games.
Currently, the Nigerian is out injured and has missed the African Cup of Nations as a result. However, he is expected to return soon, allowing the Irons to swoop in before the window shuts.
Unsurprisingly, the German outfit will be desperate to keep hold of all of their key players as they look to remain unbeaten at the top of the Bundesliga for as long as possible. Xabi Alonso’s side paid just €20 million for the 23 year old in the Summer, so they would be expecting to make a substantial profit on him.
Unfortunately, West Ham are not the only team interested in securing his signature with both Newcastle and Chelsea also weighing up a move.
The report also claims that the price won’t be an issue, stating that “West Ham have the cash for a splash” which goes against everything we have heard. We know that Moyes is on an extremely limited budget this month and the only way he would be able to bring in someone like Boniface would be by selling multiple players.
It is apparently Tim Steidten who is pushing for the move, he the forward believes that he would be the perfect fit in our system. Outside of the potential financial issues though, there may be some issues in convincing him to leave the German side given what they could achieve this season.
Undoubtedly, Victor Boniface would not only be a sensational signing but, above all else, it would be a statement signing. Taking Bayer Leverkusen’s top striker and beating multiple clubs to his signature would show exactly the intent that West Ham has. The Hammers are clearly wanting to move in the right direction and use their Conference League triumph as a springboard, bringing someone like Boniface in would be a massive step towards that next level that they want to reach.
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