West Ham United have shown in recent years that they are not averse to making approaches to fellow English clubs to try and bring new players to east London.
Players such as Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma and Said Benrahma, among others, have moved to the London Stadium from other clubs across the country in recent years.
Would you like to see West Ham sign Dennis?
One player that the Hammers brought in (from a club in the Championship) who has gone on to become a big success in east London is Jarrod Bowen.
Signed from Hull City in January 2020 in a deal worth a reported fee in excess of £20m, the winger has now scored 27 goals and delivered 23 assists in 104 appearances for David Moyes’ side.
Now that the summer transfer window has opened for business, this could give the Hammers the chance to replicate a similar sort of masterclass that they pulled off when signing Bowen, this time with another player who, as it stands, is set to play in the Championship next season – Emmanuel Dennis.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Watford are expecting interest from West Ham for the Nigerian after the Hornets were relegated from the Premier League.
Watford signed the attacker last summer from Belgian side Club Brugge on a five-year deal. During his debut season at Vicarage Road, the 24-year-old scored 10 goals and delivered six assists in 33 league appearances, so it didn’t take him long to settle into the English top flight and announce himself as a dangerous goal threat.
Along with delivering more goal contributions than any other Hornets player, the 24-year-old also racked up more shots at goal (61), shots on target (27), shot-creating actions (91) and successful dribbles (73) than any other player at the club throughout the campaign. This backs up why journalist Henry Winter labelled Watford’s signing of the Nigerian an “inspired” one.
Having described himself as a “baller”, Dennis now has 46 goals to his name throughout his career in 187 club appearances.
Taking all this into account, if West Ham were to sign the Watford star this summer, he certainly has the talent to be a solid addition to Moyes’ squad and potentially become as important to the team as Bowen now is.
In other news: Moyes could land dream Yarmolenko heir as West Ham now plot bid for “special” £18m “talent”