West Ham join Adama Traore transfer race as new award emerges

There are reports that West Ham have joined Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign a Premier League winger.

The Irons will likely sign a few new players this month to bolster their top-four credentials. David Moyes’ side are in fifth place after 20 games, one point behind Arsenal, fourth.

West Ham have won their last two league games, scoring seven goals in the process. A 4-1 away win over struggling Watford was followed by a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on New Years Day.

Michail Antonio put West Ham in the lead with a close range finish before Manuel Lanzini scored the candidate of the season goal.

Lanzini then scored a penalty in front of Vicente Guaita to bring the score to 3-0 before the break. Palace, however, did not give up by scoring late goals thanks to Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise.

But Moyes’ men held on to score 34 points for the season.

The club’s priority for the winter transfer window will likely be a striker. They don’t have a backup for Antonio as it stands.

This may not be the only position to improve, because The telegraph put West Ham in the frame to sign Adama Traore from Wolves.

Traore has long been linked with Liverpool because Jurgen Klopp is a fan. Tottenham have also been an admirer since playing against them in August.

West Ham recently started monitoring the Spaniard’s situation. This suggests they could bid for him in January.

Wolves are ready to take offers of just £ 20million, according to the report. Other rumors put its price at £ 18million, down from £ 50million over the summer.

Bruno Lage has to get rid of one or two players before he can bring in new stars. Traoré is the candidate most likely to leave Molineux.

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West Ham targets Bundesliga striker

During this time, Sunday people Gladbach forward Breel Embolo is on West Ham’s radar.

Embolo, 24, is not the most prolific of the attackers. His record at Gladbach is 18 goals in 88 games. However, his pace and power could make him a valuable asset in England.

The Bundesliga will apparently accept offers of around £ 30million. It could be in the Hammers price range following Daniel Kretinsky’s investment a few months ago.

Emolo’s main role is said to be acting as Antonio’s replacement, should the 31-year-old’s hamstring issues reappear. If he impresses, then the Swiss star could become Antonio’s successor up front.

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Richard L. Militello