West Ham United beaten to Khouma Babacar by Crystal Palace, but is it even a blow?

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Spal and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Paolo Mazza on November 19, 2017 in Ferrara, Italy.

West Ham United had been in competition with Crystal Palace to sign Khouma Babacar.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Pescara Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 28, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United are set to miss out on signing Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina.

Crystal Palace have jumped ahead of West Ham in the race for Babacar, and now look set to complete the deal.

On the face of it, that could be a blow for David Moyes’ side, but there has to be a question mark over whether West Ham actually needed Babacar.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 25, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

The Hammers still have Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew fighting for their striking places, and Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini have formed a dangerous partnership at the top of the pitch recently.

With Babacar added too, Moyes would have had more options up-front, but the 24-year-old would hardly have been essential.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 25, 2017 in Florence,...

With Palace paying £15 million, West Ham may well be better off investing that money in other areas of their squad, which are more understaffed.

Babacar has not even started a game this season, and missing out on the Senegalese international may just turn out to be a lucky break for Moyes’ side in the long run.

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