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West Ham striking target Patson Daka’s agency says player is ‘fully committed’ to Red Bull Salzburg

West Ham striking target Patson Daka’s agency says player is ‘fully committed’ to Red Bull Salzburg

West Ham’s striker situation

After the sale of Sebastian Haller to Ajax, West Ham look very light in the striker department, only an injury away from a serious problem. Not only this, but the current crop of forwards on the club’s books are struggling to score, with the Hammers having only sneaked past Stockport County by a goal to nil in their 3rd round FA Cup tie, despite starting an impressive front-three on paper.

This has led to links with a number of strikers during the winter window, including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah. However, it was recently suggested that the England youth international will not be leaving the Gunners in January, meaning West Ham will be forced to look elsewhere:

David Moyes recently had the following to say regarding his side’s search for an attacker: “One thing you need to do as a manager, you need to make sure that you have spaces to bring people in, if you don’t have spaces then all you do is gather players and it becomes more difficult.”

With Haller gone, the space is certainly vacant.

Daka focused on Salzburg

Another player who will seemingly not be making the move to the London Stadium this month is Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka.

The Zambian forward has been linked with a host of clubs of late, including West Ham. His impressive form for the Austrian champions has seen no shortage of suitors touted, with Premier League rivals Arsenal having also been credited with an interest in his services.

The 22-year old has been a prolific force for Salzburg, filling the shoes of the departed Erling Haaland as if he was never even there. With 15 goals in 17 matches this season, it is unsurprising to see Daka linked with a move to one of Europe’s top-5 leagues, and in particular the Premier League.

West Ham striking target Patson Daka’s agency says player is ‘fully committed’ to Red Bull Salzburg

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – SEPTEMBER 17: Erling Haaland of Salzburg celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League match between RB Salzburg and KRC Genk at Red Bull Arena on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by David Geieregger/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

His rapid pace yet strong frame enable the hitman to hold off players whilst finishing calmly in the final third when opportunities arise.

It appears, however, that a transfer for the player is unlikely as things stand, after his agency took to social media to pour cold water on any and all exit links:

“Patson Daka is fully committed to his club Red Bull Salzburg. 12man, his agent, will not be providing a running commentary on the media speculation in every transfer window.”

West Ham will need to move onto another target if they hope to add reinforcement in the final third before the close of the winter window.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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