West Ham United are planning to make a swoop for Benfica forward Raúl Jiménez next summer. According to recent reports, the Hammers are ready to make a move for the Mexican striker when the transfer window opens in the summer. It is understood that Benfica could let him leave for the right price as they reckon that they can get a good value for any potential deal involving their prized asset this summer.
However, the East London club are not the only ones looking to secure his services with Everton and Liverpool also in the mix to sign him in the off-season. Jimenez has put in some eye-catching displays for the Portuguese giants during the course of this season which has not gone unnoticed as the Hammers look to bring in some fresh faces in the summer. The 26-year-old has made 37 appearances for Benfica this season, finding the back of the net 6 times while creating 6 assists in all competitions. He also has 61 international caps and 13 goals for the Mexican national team.
Jimenez made a rabona assist last weekend which has enhanced his growing reputation even more and now, the Hammers look set to battle it out with Liverpool and Everton in pursuit of his signature.
The East Londoners currently find themselves in the 14th position in the Premier League table after putting in an impressive display in their 3-0 win versus Southampton in the last gameweek. However, they are still not completely out of relegation danger with just 5 points between them and 18th placed Southampton going into the final few matches of the campaign.
The addition of Jimenez will undoubtedly bolster David Moyes’ attacking options ahead of the new campaign. West Ham have the likes of Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Marko Arnautovic vying for a place in Moyes’ starting eleven. The potential signing of Jimenez will add more competition for places in the Hammers squad next season as they look to secure a top half finish next term.
At 26, the Mexican international still has his peak years ahead of him which David Moyes’ team could look to capitalise on in the coming years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Jimenez and whether the East London outfit are able to fend off stiff competition from Everton and Liverpool in pursuit of his signature.