Lopetegui arrival offers West Ham golden opportunity to sign 26y/o La Liga striker

Julen Lopetegui is all but set to replace David Moyes in the West Ham United dugout next season after reaching an agreement with the club.

We’ve endured a tumultuous campaign, to say the least, but with one game left, fans can now start looking ahead toward the 2024/25 season.

The Hammers are preparing for a busy summer transfer window that could see up to seven players leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Long-serving striker Michail Antonio is one of those heading for the London Stadium exit, so signing a top-class striker is firmly on our to-do list.

Technical director Tim Steidten will spearhead the summer overhaul, working closely with Lopetegui, who is keen to shape the squad in his image.

A key priority will be signing a top-class centre-forward who can fire the club towards the upper echelons of the Premier League table, which is no small task.

However, Lopetegui’s imminent arrival offers us a chance to finally land Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who has been on our radar for the past three years.

En-Nesyri would be a decent signing for West Ham

We could be set for a summer spending spree, with Lopetegui planning a complete reshuffle at the London Stadium, and En-Nesyri has emerged as a prime target.

According to Vamos Mi Sevilla, the Spanish manager is keen to reunite with the 26-year-old at London Stadium, having worked with the striker at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

The Moroccan was part of Lopetegui’s Sevilla squad that won the Europa League during the 2019/20 season, and West Ham are hot on his heels.

En-Nesryi has been in lethal form for Sevilla this term, bagging 19 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions.

He would be a decent replacement for Antonio and could form a solid partnership with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, and Mohammed Kudus at the top end of the pitch.

Sevilla are likely to demand around €25-30 million for the Morocco international, but they will not stand in the way of a potential summer exit.

En-Nesryi’s tireless work ethic, ability to stretch defences with his pace, and technical skills make him a highly desirable target, and he could be our difference-maker going forward.