Emmanuel Dennis on West Ham transfer shortlist

Emmanuel Dennis wins Watford's September Goal of the month award

Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis has attracted the attention of West Ham United who are reported to be considering a move for him.

Dennis scored 10 goals and provided six assists for his Watford teammates in the Premier League this season. Still, it was not enough to help them avoid relegation after being promoted from the Skybet Championship last season.

His performances in only his first season in English football after arriving from the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, where he spent five years with Club Brugge, has alerted many mid-table teams and even a few top six teams like Arsenal. They have been reported to be scouting him but it is not known if they want to make a move for the Nigerian forward.

Had his teammates been up to par, they would have been nestled in mid-table as well but the 24-year-old forward will have to deal with the possibility of another transfer. Watford are reported to be plotting a clearout of most of their sellable assets in order to build a new team to start afresh in the Championship next season.

Dennis is pegged at £25 million and a number of clubs have already made inquiries about signing him. Leeds United were touted as the leader of that race, but with their current state which could see them play in the Championship with Watford next season, it is unlikely that the Hornets will sell Dennis to them.

West Ham to bid £20 million for Dennis

Enter West Ham with a reported £20 million bid and it is reported that the Hammers are genuinely interested in signing Dennis. The West London club are currently in the UEFA Europa League and are preparing a squad that will help them better their performance from this season, which saw them make the semi-finals of the competition.

A striker tops their list because Michail Antonio is the only striker they have. The 32-year-old Jamaican international is overworked and the Hammers are looking to ease his workload next season with a backup who can also provide him with some competition.

The move will surely appeal to Dennis who has already tasted the first two tiers of European competition with Club Brugge. Watford, on the other hand, will be making some profit after paying under £4 million for Dennis to Club Brugge ahead of his switch to Vicarage Road at the beginning of this season.

Dennis’ camp has said nothing yet about the transfer speculations surrounding him, but it is very unlikely that he will remain at Watford to play in the Championship next season.

 

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

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