West Ham are “among” the clubs interested in signing Feyenoord hotshot Santiago Gimenez, according to The Mirror.
The English tabloid claims that the Hammers are keeping tabs on the Argentine-born Mexican who has hit the back of the net 15 times in just 10 appearances this season.
However, there are plenty of other teams who have sent scouts to watch Gimenez in action over the past few months.
The Mirror report that three Premier League clubs: Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle are also keen on the 22-year-old, while Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Lazio and Napoli are thought to be monitoring the striker as well.
West Ham did try and sign Gimenez in the summer
Technical director Tim Steidten has been keeping a close eye on the Mexican international and it is believed that he did contact the player’s entourage earlier this year to ascertain his interest in making the switch to the London Stadium.
However, Gimenez ultimately ended up staying at Feyenoord and signing a new four-year contract, keeping him at the Eredivisie champions until the summer of 2027.
Could the signing of Kudus prevent the Hammers from pursuing another forward?
After spending £38m to bring in Mohammed Kudus from Ajax in August, you would question whether the Hammers’ board would sanction another bid for a striker.
Kudus is more of a winger than an out-and-out no.9 so there is an argument to say that David Moyes’ side haven’t really replaced Gianluca Scamacca, who has been offloaded to Atalanta.
However, with Feyenoord reportedly demanding at least £40m for Gimenez, it is hard to see West Ham spending that much when Kudus has only recently been brought in.
In any case, it is said that Gimenez won’t be let go until the end of the season so circumstances may change by next summer.