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5 Things To Know About West Ham Target Wout Weghorst

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West Ham have added Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst to their list of transfer targets, according to reports, but who is he?

Here are five things Hammers fans need to know about the striker:

1) He is tall (very tall)

At 6ft 6in in height, Weghorst is a target man who will win the majority of aerial duels. If manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking for a replacement for Andy Carroll then the Dutchman is an ideal candidate.

The Irons have been focusing their attention on another tall forward in Salomon Rondon, but the 26-year-old could be a good alternative.

2) He is in form

Wolfsburg only avoided relegation via a playoff during the 2017/18 season, and the Bundesliga club opted to rebuild in the summer signing Weghorst from AZ Alkmaar for €10m.

He ended up being the club’s top goalscorer last campaign, hitting the back of the net 16 times in the league, and helping his team to a sixth-place finish.

3) He works very hard

Despite his size and lack of pace, Weghorst doesn’t shy away from doing his fair share of pressing. He led Wolfsburg’s press from the front last season, keeping pressure on defenders and even tracking back into midfield to ensure opponents don’t have an easy out ball back to the keeper.

4) He is fully-fledged international

Weghorst made his senior debut for the Netherlands against England in a friendly back in March 2018. Blink and you would have missed it, though, as his debut lasted just a few minutes as he came on for Stefan de Vrij in the final moments of the 1-0 defeat.

The striker has gone on to get two further caps for his country but has yet to play a competitive game.

5) He is a leader

Weghorst spent a year as AZ Alkmaar’s captain before he left for Wolfsburg in 2018. Although he may not be the most vocal player on the pitch, he will take games by the scruff of their neck.

Back in March, he had a hand in all five goals, scoring a hat-trick and providing two assists in a 5-2 win over Dusseldorf. It was a match that Wolfsburg went 1-0 down in before storming back to claim the win.

Weghorst isn’t the most subtle of strikers, then, but he could do a job for West Ham. He may lack pace but his aerial ability is almost unrivalled in European football.