West Ham transfer targets summer 2024: Hammers to target a new striker

Despite reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finishing in the top half of the Premier League, David Moyes and West Ham decided to part ways at the end of the season. The Scottish boss won the Hammers' first-ever European trophy in 2023, but he's been replaced by Julien Lopeteugi who was once the Wolves manager.

Lopetegui will be keen to put his stamp on an already very talented Hammers squad, and plans already appear to be in motion with West Ham being linked with countless players from all over the globe. The likes of Wes Foderingham and Luis Guilherme are said to be closing in on a move to the London Stadium as Lopetegui gets to work.

The West Ham faithful will be hoping to bring European football back to the London Stadium after missing out last campaign and to do so, more top-level recruits will be required and the Hammers are not short of transfer links.

West Ham transfer targets – Latest rumours

West Ham transfer targets
West Ham will need big signings to get back into Europe – Photo by Icon Sport
Crystal Palace transfer targets
Current club
Estimated fee*
Likelihood

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Max Kilman

Wolves

€40m

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🇦🇷 Matias Soule

Juventus

€40m

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🇲🇦 Youssef En-Nesyri

Sevilla

€20m

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Max Kilman

The strongest rumour at the moment is surrounding Wolves captain Max Kilman who could soon ditch the Midlands for the capital and reunite with his former boss, Lopetegui. The young centre-back could slot in very nicely and take over from one of the Hammers' ageing centre-backs but he certainly wouldn't come cheap.

Kilman has managed to build a reputation for being a very accomplished defender as well as being comfortable on the ball and able to bring it out effectively from the back. All of these attributes, accompanied by the fact he's only 24 will be a coveted man this summer.

Lopetegui rates Kilman very highly with the defender playing 90 minutes in all but two league games under his stewardship, so that may well sway his mind to leave Wolves especially when there appears to be more stability and forward-thinking at West Ham.

Matias Soule

Despite just one full season of playing Serie A under his belt, Matias Soule is a wanted man this summer by both West Ham and Aston Villa. The Argentinian midfielder starred last season at Frosinone and Juventus now look ready to cash in on their young midfielder.

Soule is only 21 but under the watchful eye of Lopetegui, he could be the next big star to thrive in the Premier League. With links surrounding Edson Alvarez and his future, bringing in a younger and capable midfielder such as Soule, the Hammers are planning for both the present and the future.

The midfield magician still has a contract until the summer of 2026, so Juventus can command a hefty fee for someone so young. It remains to be seen whether or not West Ham can tempt the midfielder to leave the Old Lady and move to London, but if they can it would be a huge signal of intent.

Youssef En-Nesyri
West Ham have a long-standing interest in striker Youssef En-Nesyri – Photo by Icon Sport

Youssef En-Nesyri

Youssef En-Nesyri has long been a target of West Ham who launched bids to sign him back in January 2023 but with just one year left on his current contract it could be the perfect time to strike up a deal. The Moroccan international was back to his best last season scoring 16 times in La Liga after only netting 13 times over the previous two campaigns.

West Ham have long depended on Michail Antonio – the club's all-time top scorer – to lead the line, and Jarrod Bowen has been playing out of position. So, bringing in an experienced striker who can find the back of the net would make a lot of sense if they want to get back into Europe.

En-Nesyri is still only 27 and incredibly experienced in domestic and European football, so if the Hammers could land him on a cut-price deal given his contractual situation, it would be a huge move. The Moroccan has his best years ahead of him and would likely jump at the chance to play in the Premier League for the first time.

He does appear to be an inconsistent striker only hitting double figures in the league twice through his career, but with service from the likes of Bowen and Mohammed Kudus, he could thrive. There is likely going to be a lot of competition for his signature given he only has a single year left at Sevilla, but with a long-standing interest, the Hammers will see themselves in pole position.


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