Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, with Unai Emery eager to bolster his attacking options. The 25-year-old, who scored twice for Morocco on their incredible run to the World Cup semi final, is also wanted by West Ham United.
The Hammers made a move for the attacker in January, but Sevilla were unwilling to accept an offer of around £25 million, according to The Athletic. David Moyes instead turned to sign Danny Ings from Villa for around half of that figure, but this has since left Emery short of options.
Even with the addition of Ings, West Ham are still said to be keen. Spanish outlet Fichajes has re-emphasised their interest but points out another team in claret and blue have joined the party. Fichajes claims “Emery would also be interested in taking over the services”, with Sevilla “smelling the business” and “wanting to take advantage”.
Based on the rejected bid just two months ago, it seems Sevilla could well drive a hard bargain for the player, though Fichajes’ report offers promise that they would be willing to do a deal. En-Nesyri has scored 10 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions this campaign, with many of his La Liga minutes coming off the bench.
Standing at 1.92m, the Moroccan could offer Villa something a bit different as a target man. Although Ollie Watkins is capable of being a menace with his physicality, having someone 12cm taller could be the difference in certain situations – particularly with set pieces.