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West Ham United Face Stiff Competition For This AC Milan Striker: Should Moyes Go For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Gazzetta dello Sport stated that West Ham United are facing stiff competition for AC Milan striker Divock Origi. It has been claimed that the Hammers will have to rival Galatasaray in pursuit of the Belgian centre-forward this summer.

Origi’s Difficult Campaign In Serie A

Origi had a tough season at San Siro as he struggled to prove his worth in front of the opposition goal. The Belgian sensation made 36 appearances for the Milan giants in the previous campaign, finding the back of the net twice and earning one assist across multiple competitions.

The 28-year-old saw most of his game time come off the bench which explains why he only averaged 1.1 shots and 0.6 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, he lacked quality when linking up play with others around him in the final thirdafter completing just 70.2% of his attempted passes in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Milan club will run out in the summer of 2026. Therefore, the Hammers will have to make a convincing offer if they want to recruit Origi before the end of this summer transfer window.

Divock Origi
MILAN, ITALY – MAY 10: Divock Origi (R) of AC Milan is challenged by Matteo Darmian (L) of FC Internazionale during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale at San Siro on May 10, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Go For Origi?

On his day, Origi can be a real handful for any defender. He can be a streaky goal-scorer in front of the opponent’s goal but needs to find a way to earn more playing opportunities in the coming seasons.

The Belgian forward has already entered his prime and would be a good addition to West Ham head coach David Moyes’ squad ahead of the new campaign. He is primarily a centre-forward but can also fill in as a wide player on either flank if told to do so by his manager.

Origi has what it takes to fight for a regular starting spot at the London Stadium next season. He might even help the Hammers compete across all fronts over the new few years. Thus, West Ham should focus on bringing Origi on board this summer during this summer transfer period. However, he won’t be a long-term fix to Moyes’ attacking concerns at the East London club.

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