West Ham are set to lose the race to sign sought after striker to one of their most despised rivals.

For the most part, West Ham’s recruitment over the past couple of years has been excellent. Signing a mixture of big names and more underrated talents has worked out well for them with the likes of Paqueta, Kudus and Mavropanos all being key players for them.

However, when it comes to signing a striker, they are no longer taking any risks. They’ve wasted money on forwards who don’t fit in at the London Stadium but they now look determined to sign someone to replace Michail Antonio.

While a number of players are reportedly being considered, including the likes of Ivan Toney and Dominic Solanke, arguably the most exciting link has been to Santiago Gimenez.

The Mexican has scored a staggering 23 league goals this season for Feyenoord and has assisted a further 3. At just 23-years-old, he has plenty of room to grow into one of the best strikers about, making it all the more exciting that a club like West Ham are in the race for his signature.

Frustratingly, the Hammers are not just losing the race, GIVEMESPORT reports, but they’re set to get beat by their bitter rivals Tottenham.

Spurs have been looking for a replacement for Harry Kane but have had little success in doing so. By spending big on Gimenez though, they may just alleviate almost all the issues that the Englishman’s departure caused.

Even if there was no competition, there are real questions about whether West Ham would pay the massive fee required to secure his signature. They need to rebuild this Summer and they simply can’t do that if they’re spending half their budget on one player.

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