West Ham eyeing RB Salzburg striker with Southampton also keen

West Ham and Southampton are monitoring developments surrounding Junior Adamu of Red Bull Salzburg, according to reports.

The 20-year-old striker is the latest young talent to emerge off the Red Bull production line and has already attracted a lot of interest from Ajax, Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig.

The Daily Mail report that Salzburg value Adamu at around £12m, and that fee could prove tempting for Premier League sides, with Graham Potter’s Brighton also believed to have watched the striker in action in the past.

Adamu has been on Salzburg’s books since under-15 level, but has only recently been afforded a chance in the club's senior side.

The youngster made 43 appearances across all competitions this past season, with his only prior senior outing for Salzburg having come back in 2020/21.

Adamu scored nine and assisted five for Salzburg this time out, including one Champions League goal versus Bayern Munich in the Round of 16.

Should West Ham sign Adamu?

Though Adamu does not have a lot of senior experience, especially at the top level, he could still be a useful asset for the Hammers.

Michail Antonio remains the club's main centre-forward. However, he is now 32 and has had countless injury issues over the years.

As Antonio is still, when fit, capable of performing at the top level, it would therefore make sense for Moyes to bring in a young, hungry centre-forward like Adamu to compete for game-time before eventually replacing Antonio as West Ham's first-choice no.9.

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