West Ham set for talks with PSG’s Hugo Ekitike

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West Ham United have opened talks with PSG regarding center-forward Hugo Ekitike.

The 21-year-old was among players declared surplus to requirements at Parc des Princes.

Foot Mercato reported that Les Parisiens, the Premier League, held positive discussions over a potential deal for the former Reims striker.

As it stands, Ekitike, who has been told to look for another club after a meeting with PSG head coach Luis Enrique and Sporting advisor Luís Campos, had an underwhelming debut season in the French capital.

As the 21-year-old forward remains undecided on his next career move, he has suitors around Europe.
Other clubs monitoring the situation include Olympique Lyonnais, Eintracht Frankfurt, AC Milan, and Everton.
But West Ham appears to be leading the race for Ekitike’s signing.

According to Foot Mercato, the Hammers’ Technical director, Tim Steidten, talked with Ekitike to convince him to switch from the Parc des Princes to the London Stadium.

It further reported that the former Reims striker is also due to speak with West Ham head coach David Moyes.
Ekitike has so far played eight minutes of action for PSG this season. He came off the bench against Lorient in Les Parisiens’ curtain-raiser 0-0 home draw.

Ekitike, who played 32 matches last season, scored four goals and assisted, was an unused substitute a week later in the Ligue 1 clash against Toulouse.

During his last season with Reims, he scored 11 goals and assisted three in 26 matches.
West Ham have required a striker that will reduce the pressure on Michail Antonio, having replied on other players in the squad for goals.

The West London outfit needs to get the deal done as soon as possible to keep the goals flowing, having garnered four points from their two opening games in the Premier League.
Having won the Europa Conference League, they will need an addition to the squad that will also compete in this year’s Europa League.

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