According to a story in the Northern Echo this morning, West Ham will make a move for Christian Atsu should David Moyes fail in his attempts to sign Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore.
This is not the first player to be linked with the Hammers this month, with Jonjo Shelvey and Chancel Mbemba’s names also having come up, however it seems we would only be willing to sell if a replacement was already found – and that seems unlikely given Rafa’s mystery budget.
It seems West Ham look set to bolster their options out wide following Michail Antonio’s groin injury, and the Echo state that Christian Atsu will be targeted if their attempts to sign former NUFC target Adama Traore are unsuccessful:
“The Hammers are looking to boost their options on the flanks after Michail Antonio’s groin injury and are also considering a move for Newcastle’s Christian Atsu if they are unable to pull off a swoop for Traore.”
I don’t see Atsu leaving for a second. We’re already pretty light on options out wide ourself and the Ghanaian has proved to be one of our key attacking player this season. His final product can be inconsistent, but he’s our main out ball down the left and has the ability to hurt teams.
Ironically, West Ham’s interest may have stemmed from his man of the match display at the London Stadium in December, with his goal and assist that afternoon proving just what he can do.