What do you do when you’ve just missed out on a very quick and versatile forward? You target another one.
This is, in essence, what West Ham appear to be doing, if TF1 in France are to be believed.
The Hammers, who saw one of their summer targets in Henry Onyekuru sign for Everton, are apparently interested in Caen’s Yann Karamoh, who is a very similar type of player.
Lightning quick, capable of playing out wide or up front and technically gifted, the 18-year-old has just finished his first Ligue 1 season where he played 35 times for the French side.
While nowhere near as prolific as Onyekuru, his tally of five goals and four assists in a relegation threatened side is nothing to be ashamed about, and he can only go up from there.
Capable of skipping past players with ease and with a great eye for a cross, Karamoh spent most of last season playing on the right for Caen, and would be a very exciting rotation option for Slaven Bilic when needing to rest Michail Antonio, as well as a useful alternative if having a big man up front isn’t working out.
With only one year left on his deal, the player will have a decision to make: either sign a new one with Caen and continue his development at a club where he’ll be guaranteed first team football, or move somewhere more prestigious and take his chance now.
If West Ham are to sign Karamoh, however, they’ll face a lot of competition, with the likes of Arsenal and Inter also mentioned by TF1 as keeping an eye on him.