West Ham keeping tabs on New York City’s MLS top scorer Valentin Castellanos as £15m transfer backup for Antonio

WEST HAM are among a host of European clubs keeping tabs on £15 million rated New York City hot-shot Valentin Castellanos.

The 23-year-old Argentine – known as ‘Taty’ – was the golden boot winner in the MLS last season when he scored 19 goals.

Although his strike celebrations were marred by shocking scenes which saw Castellanos’ team-mate Jesus Medina struck with a beer can thrown from the crowd.The Hammers are looking for a forward in January to provide back up for Michail Antonio but are just one of several who have been alerted to the form of Castellanos.

Turkish giants Besiktas are keen – while Championship outfit Nottingham Forest were also prepared to pay around £8 million for him.

The City Football Group – who own NYCFC and his former club Torque – believe he is worth considerably more than that.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is on the look-out for a striker himself and he could yet come to the Etihad to train with the English champions.
Guardiola said: “I think he is a guy who will make the next step and move to Europe.

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