West Ham may be able to lower the asking price for their top striker target, but will it come back to bite them?

There’s a lot of pressure on Tim Steidten and his recruitment team this Summer. David Sullivan, a man known for being a bit of a control freak, has handed over so much power and put so much trust into this new way of running West Ham, if it doesn’t work out then he may be tempted to revert to his old ways.

Perhaps the most important signing they will make, and the one that brings the most pressure, is a striker. The Hammers have tried for years to find a top quality striker to replace Michail Antonio but to no avail.

However, the club are willing to spend big to get it right this time around and it seems like they’ve found their man in Jhon Duran. The Aston Villa forward may not have had much playing time since joining the Birmingham side, but that’s more of a testament to the quality of Ollie Watkins.

At just 20-years-old he has massive potential, and Villa are very aware of how much room for growth he has as they value him at £40 million. This is more than West Ham are willing to pay but, according to 90min, they may be able to lower this by increasing the sell-on fee.

While in the short term this would work massively in their favour, in the long-term it could be extremely bad news. Given the potential he has, this could cause our Irons to miss out on a lot more than the £5 million they’re not willing to pay now. In turn, this could then cause future transfer budgets to be much lower. They really have to weigh up the pros and cons but either way he would be a great signing.

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