West Ham prepare to battle for Watford ace Emmanuel Dennis this summer
Europe-bound West Ham United are on the hunt to continue their upward trajectory under David Moyes at the London Stadium and have targetted Watford ace Emmanuel Dennis for a possible summer transfer move.
According to a report in The Mirror, the Hammers are in the market to add attacking options this summer in a forward line that is currently thin on depth and one that must contend with a European campaign once more, with West Ham guaranteed a Europa Conference League campaign which could be upgraded to the Europa League depending on results this coming weekend.
West Ham want Watford’s £20million-rated Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis. Moyes working to reinforce the club’s striker options and squad depth this summer. @Mirrorfootballhttps://t.co/QnjTSknJ3n
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) May 17, 2022
Dennis would fit the bill for Moyes’ men this summer after Watford was unable to avoid the drop and the impending summer exodus of some of their key assets will surely include the Nigerian forward.
The former Club Brugge KV standout settled to life expertly just outside of London this season and went on to hit 10-goals in his debut Premier League season with one match remaining in the current campaign, and reports suggest Watford could be set to make a sizable profit from a potential £20million sale after spending just £3million last summer.
A bidding war could even result as Newcastle is also said to be keen on the Nigerian, but with West Ham capable of offering European football next season – something that Dennis has considerable experience in – they should be able to pull ahead in the potential transfer tug-of-war.
West Ham continues to rely on leading man Michail Antonio in the number 9 role, but the club remains without a recognized player who can truly slot in to replace the Jamaican international, and in that light, Dennis already would suit.
Moreover, Dennis has featured on both the left and right side of a front three over the course of his career in Europe, and that tactical versatility would make him a valued member of a West Ham squad in desperate need of attacking depth.
Though the Hammers have previously been linked with a move for Aston Villa ace and England international Ollie Watkins, Dennis offers the same versatility on the tactics board while also helping the club save financial resources that they could mobilize elsewhere across the first-team as they look to keep their project alive and kicking.