Super Eagles forward Victor Boniface is attracting interest from English Premier League side West Ham, with reports the Premier League side are preparing to break their transfer record to secure the signing of the Bayer 04 Leverkusen ace.
Could Super Eagles' Boniface become Hammers' record signing?
West Ham's record signing is Ivorian center-forward Sébastien Haller, whom they acquired for €49.8million from German club Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019.
The London side are prepared to eclipse that record with Boniface's signature. They consider the 23-year-old a perfect fit for their faltering attack, especially with Michail Antonio and Danny Ings failing to deliver the expected results this season.
Chelsea and Newcastle United set sights on Boniface
West Ham are not the only English club interested in securing the services of the Nigerian marksman. According to reports, Chelsea and Newcastle United have expressed interest.
With 16 goals and eight assists in 23 appearances for Leverkusen this season, clubs are expected to jostle for his signature. He was previously linked with a move to Arsenal.
West Ham confident of signing Boniface
Faced with the tough task of signing the Nigerian, West Ham techincal director Tim Steidten is confident that they can get the job done before the January transfer window closes.
Steidten, who played for Leverkusen, is working to arrange a deal. The Hammers have the funds for a major signing, and manager David Moyes supports the notion of making a substantial investment in a productive striker of Boniface's ilk.
Originally named in Jose Peseiro's AFCON 2024 Super Eagles squad, Boniface had to pull out after picking an in injury in a pre-AFCON friendly against Guinea in Saudi Arabia. He has since been replaced by Terem Moffi.