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West Ham Keeping A Keen Eye On This Real Madrid Duo: Which One Should Moyes Opt For?

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In a recent report, Defensa Central has stated that West Ham United are keeping a keen eye on Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz. It is understood that Los Blancos are looking to let Jovic go out on loan but would be willing to sanction Diaz’s permanent departure which could encourage the Hammers to move in for one of them when the transfer window reopens in January (via Defensa Central).

Jovic And Diaz’s Mounting Frustrations At Madrid This Season

Jovic has continued to struggle at the Spanish capital this season as he has failed to discover any productivity in the final third thus far. The Serbian striker has featured in five matches but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for this campaign.

Similarly, Diaz has failed to make a positive impression at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium over the past few months. He has missed several matches this season as he was sidelined while recovering from tonsillitis. The Spanish marksman has received only 14 minutes of game time thus far which suggests that he is surplus to requirements at Madrid right now, so it is no wonder that Zidane is looking to cut him loose permanently this winter.

It seems like both Madrid forwards are not having a good time in Spain, so it makes sense for the Hammers to give one of them a chance to escape their Bernabeu nightmare during the January transfer window.

West Ham keeping a keen eye on Jovic and Diaz (Jovic is in action in the photo)
Luka Jovic of Serbia tries to reach the ball during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Hungary and Serbia at Puskas Arena on November 15, 2020, in Budapest, Hungary. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

West Ham Showing Interest In The Real Madrid Duo: Which One Should Moyes Opt For In January?

Diaz is clearly quicker of the two forwards and is also the better athlete as he can use his strength and leaping ability to win a few headers for his team up top. The Spaniard also packs a lot of power with his strikes. However, the 27-year-old has scored just ten goals in 41 appearances for Los Blancos which proves that he still has a lot to learn before he can become a prolific forward at the highest level.

As far as Jovic is concerned, he is five years younger than Diaz and is a slightly better finisher in the final third. The Serbian was a consistent goal-scorer during his time with Eintracht Frankfurt, but things have just not fallen in place for him since he made the high-profile switch to Madrid last year. He is a decent dribbler with the ball and can get himself into some promising positions in the attacking third.

Moyes will be better off opting for Jovic even if he can only get him on loan. He is young and has the hunger to prove his worth at the top level, so the Hammers can benefit a lot from temporarily acquiring his services this winter. The Serbian international will complement Michail Antonio’s strengths well at the London Stadium which should make him a priority target for West Ham to consider in January.

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