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West Ham United Are In Pole Position To Land This AC Milan Forward: Should Moyes Go For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Gazzetta dello Sport mentioned that West Ham United are in pole position to land AC Milan forward Divock Origi this summer. It is understood that the Hammers are well-positioned in the race to sign the Belgian striker in this off-season.

Origi’s Tough Season At San Siro

Origi had a difficult campaign at the Italian club after struggling to be consistent for them on the attacking end of the field. The Belgian centre-forward participated in 36 matches for the Milan outfit last season, scoring twice and picking up one assist in the process across various competitions.

The 28-year-old made most of his appearances as a substitute which could be why he only averaged 1.1 shots and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Serie A football. He has also been a bit sloppy when distributing possession in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 70.2% in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

Origi is under contract at San Siro until the summer of 2026. Hence, the Hammers will have to make a sizable offer if they are to convince AC Milan to part ways with their prized asset ahead of the new campaign.

Divock Origi
LA SPEZIA, ITALY – MAY 13: Divock Origi of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between Spezia Calcio and AC MIlan at Stadio Alberto Picco on May 13, 2023 in La Spezia, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Go For Origi This Summer?

Origi can find a yard of space to get some strikes in on-target and has got the vision to create a few decent chances in the final third.

The Belgian sensation can make a few decent runs with the ball when he is playing with confidence on the field. He can even chip in by scoring a handful of important goals for his team but needs to work on improving his link-up play up top.

Origi will add some much-needed firepower to West Ham boss David Moyes’ attack. He is good enough to rival Michail Antonio for a regular starting spot at the East London club next season.

At 28, Origi is currently enjoying the peak years of his playing career. He already knows the Premier League well by now and won’t take any time to settle into life in the English capital. Thus, David Moyes should focus on trying everything in his power to go and get the AC Milan striker on board this summer.

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