West Ham are set to send scouts to watch Laurent Depoitre of Gent this week, Nieuwsblad reports.
The towering striker is in action on Wednesday evening, as Gent take on Wolfsburg in the first knockout stage of the Champions League.
He has been in great form for the Belgian champions over the last year and a half, scoring 32 goals in 54 league games, and he has netted his first Champions League goals this season.
However, signing a new striker should not be West Ham’s priority in the summer, and there is a different Gent player that the Hammers should be keeping an eye on for the rest of the season.
Moses Simon is a Nigerian winger, who can play on both the left and right wing, who has been excelling for Gent since signing last January.
Aged just 20, Simon has already been capped by the Nigerian senior team, and has become renowned for his direct attacking play, emphasised by his pace and technical abilities.
He has been part of a prolific attack for Gent, usually playing just behind Depoitre, and he would be much more suited to West Ham than the tall striker.
The Hammers already have a good selection of forwards, but their attacking wide positions are lacking in depth.
Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet are both technical playmakers, meaning Michail Antonio and Victor Moses are the only real ‘natural’ wingers that Slaven Bilic can call upon.
Moses is set to return to Chelsea at the end of his loan deal this summer, and Simon would be the perfect signing to provide more depth to the West Ham squad.
Simon is sure to be attracting interest from the biggest clubs if he continues to perform with his current talents, and the Hammers should be moving this summer to sign him before anyone else.