West Ham offers formal deal for Dominic Solanke
West Ham United reportedly wants to sign Dominic Solanke from Bournemouth for £35-£40 million to strengthen their forward line.
West Ham United have expressed their interest in signing Dominic Solanke from Bournemouth, according to reports. Despite taking their time to reinvest the money from the sale of Declan Rice, West Ham has had a strong start to the new Premier League season. After a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, they secured a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, even with 10 men for the final quarter of the match.
West Ham's spending has reached around £85m, with centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos on the verge of joining the club in a £19m deal. However, manager David Moyes still wants to sign a new striker after Gianluca Scamacca's departure to Atalanta BC.
Despite having Michail Antonio leading the line effectively and backup options like Danny Ings and Divin Mubama, Solanke has been identified as West Ham's preferred addition to their forward line. During his time at Bournemouth, Solanke has been one of the club's best strikers, contributing 57 goals and 28 assists in 176 appearances across all competitions.
Although most of his goals came in the Championship, Solanke has also made an impact in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists in 35 games since Bournemouth's return to the top flight. With three years remaining on his contract, Bournemouth is in a strong position to keep their prized asset.
However, West Ham is reportedly willing to spend between £35m and £40m to secure Solanke's services. Bournemouth has already spent over £100m on new players this summer and has not made much money from player sales. They will likely need to recoup funds at some point. Currently, Antoine Semenyo and Kieffer Moore are providing competition for Solanke at Bournemouth.
In conclusion, West Ham's interest in signing Dominic Solanke from Bournemouth shows their ambition to strengthen their forward line. Despite the strong competition at Bournemouth, West Ham is willing to spend a significant amount to secure Solanke's services. Bournemouth, on the other hand, may need to recoup funds after their summer spending spree.