West Ham United have been linked with a move for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri – but they will need to pay no less than £27.3 million to secure his services, according to a report from Spanish sports media outlet Mucho Deporte.
The Hammers have been in pursuit of the 26-year-old for a significant period of time – they reportedly made an attempt to sign him in the January transfer window, but were unable to complete a deal due to an injury.
He earned plaudits for his performances during the 2022 World Cup while playing for Morocco. While he only scored two goals, his indefatigable running and excellent link play made him an invaluable asset to the Atlas Lions’ impressive campaign that saw them reach the semi-finals.
Who else, besides West Ham, are interested in a move for Youssef En-Nesyri?
West Ham are far from the only club who have been linked with a move for En-Nesyri – Liverpool, Roma, Newcastle United and Al Hilal have all reportedly been interested the Moroccan hitman.
With this being said, the Irons remain the most heavily-linked club with the player. Liverpool’s interest has seemingly gone cold since March, while the other clubs on the list either have tenuous links or little more than a fleeting interest. Due to this, West Ham can be considered the favourites to bring him on board.
What will En-Nesyri bring to the squad?
In many ways, En-Nesyri is a similar player to Michail Antonio – they both work incredibly hard, hold up the ball effectively and provide a powerful physical presence in the box.
Nevertheless, En-Nesyri has some distinct advantages over the former Sheffield Wednesday man. Not only is he seven years younger than Antonio, he is also more technically gifted. Antonio is not known for his silky skills or prowess on the ball – meanwhile, En-Nesyri is very technically astute.
Hammers head coach David Moyes tend to have a preference for tall centre-forwards, having utilised players such as Duncan Ferguson and Yakubu in the past. As such, En-Nesyri seems to be a perfect fit for not only West Ham, but also the style of football that Moyes likes to implement.