Report: West Ham eyeing prolific 21-year-old reported Newcastle target

West Ham United have reportedly started to track FC Sion striker Moussa Konate, days after he was linked with Newcastle United.

The 21-year-old has netted 10 goals and created six more in just 18 games this year, and it has been this form that saw him linked to the Magpies earlier this week, as per the Daily Mail.

A Senegal international, it appears as if the Magpies are looking at a summer signing to aid Papiss Cisse in the forward line, and, although playing in lower quality leagues than most, Konate has a strong goalscoring record.

Previously of Maccabi Tel Aviv and FK Krasnodar, the youngster has netted consistently throughout his career, except for a spell with Genoa last season, in which he scored just one Serie A goal in 25 appearances - although most came as a late substitute.

His current goal ratio of better than one-in-two is the best of his career, and Newcastle have been scouting him ahead of a major squad reshuffle in the summer. Playing in the Swiss League will undoubtedly mean that Konate will be available for a cut-price fee, and his potential is there for all to see.

However, it now appears as if Newcastle will enter the race to sign Konate with another Premier League club in the market for him, with the Chronicle claiming that West Ham are also tracking the promising 21-year-old.

Having been impressed by the work of Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho following his summer transfer form Metz, the report states that the Hammers are eyeing the forward up, with him apparently keen on securing a move to England.

Would Konate be a good signing?

At a young age, and with little experience behind him, Konate would represent a risk for any buying club. Sakho has proved that previously unknown stars can excel when given a chance in the Premier League, although there is always a risk involved with throwing a young striker into a high intensity league. However, Konate is likely to be available at a reasonable price, and signing him could be a risk worth taking.

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