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West Ham United In Pole Position To Land This French Striker: The Right Choice For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, ASRomaLive has mentioned that West Ham United are in pole position to land Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard during this summer transfer window. However, it is believed that the Hammers could face competition from AS Roma in pursuit of the French marksman in this off-season (via ASRomaLive).

Edouard’s Impressive Form At Glasgow This Season

Edouard is enjoying another eye-catching season at Celtic Park as he has been responsible for producing several match-winning displays as the focal point of the Hoops attack despite their struggles in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The Kourou-born frontman has netted 20 goals and grabbed six assists in 36 matches for the Glaswegian outfit this term across all fronts. Edouard has proven his worth as a consistent performer in the final third by averaging 3.5 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Scottish top-flight. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing it in the opposition half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 80.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).

The 23-year-old is currently under contract at Parkhead until the end of next season, so the Hammers can expect to get him on a cut-price fee if they are willing to bring him to the London Stadium before the start of the new campaign.

West Ham United are in pole position to land Edouard who is in action in the picture
Celtic v Aberdeen – Scottish Premiership – Celtic Park Celtic s Odsonne Edouard right has a shot on goal during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Saturday, February 27, 2021. Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xAndrewxMilliganx 58319929

Is Edouard The Right Choice For The Hammers?

Edouard has decent pace under his belt and has shown that he can stretch the opposition defence by making some promising runs in behind them. Hence, he will be an ideal rival to Michail Antonio for the right to lead the line for David Moyes’ first-team next season. The French talent is a lethal finisher in the attacking third which makes him a decent option for the East London outfit to consider during the summer transfer period.

At 23, Edouard is about to embark upon the peak years of his playing career. Thus, David Moyes can expect to make the most of his services if he can find a way to get a deal over the line in the summer. The Celtic star will add plenty of pace and goals to the West Ham attack and could even strike up a dangerous partnership with Michail Antonio in the coming seasons.

Standing at 1.87m, the Frenchman can also be a real handful for any centre-half in top-flight football. All in all, Edouard will be a great choice for Moyes this summer as he has all the skillset required to play an influential role for the Hammers and might help them challenge for some silverware in the years to come.

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