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West Ham United Begin Talks To Sign This Ligue 1 Forward: What Will He Add To Moyes’ Side?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Ekrem Konur stated that West Ham United have begun talks to sign LOSC Lille forward Jonathan David. It has been mentioned that the Hammers boss David Moyes has specifically requested the club to seal a move for the Canadian attacker.

David’s Impressive Form At The Stade Pierre Mauroy This Season

David has enjoyed a rich vein of form in French football this season and deserves credit for producing several match-winning performances as the focal point of Lille’s attack. The Canada international has banged in 15 goals in 26 matches for the French club this season across all competitions.

The 21-year-old has caught the eye with his performances in Europe as he is averaging 1.5 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League. He has even been tidy when linking up play with his teammates in the final third after completing 79.8% of his attempted passes in the French top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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LILLE, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 23: Jonathan David of Lille OSC battles for possession with Max Woeber of FC Salzburg during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Lille OSC and RB Salzburg at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on November 23, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)
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What Will Jonathan David Add To West Ham United Boss David Moyes’ Side?

David has got electric pace which he can use to leave his marker to bite the dust in the final third. He is usually quite clever with his movement in and around the opposition penalty box and has transformed himself into a composed finisher up top.

The 24-time Canada international has got a great leap in him and can even win a few 50-50 headers for his side. Plus, he has got a good work rate that makes him an accomplished target man in the attacking end of the pitch.

West Ham are in need to add a fresh face to their attack. David fits the bill perfectly as he is more than capable of fighting for a regular starting spot at the London Stadium. We can expect him to add some serious competition for Michail Antonio at the East London club. Furthermore, he will bring a lot of goals to David Moyes‘ attack that might be enough to help West Ham sustain their push for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season.

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