David Moyes was impressed by the performance of fit-again Michail Antonio as he fired West Ham to a 1-0 victory over Burnley.
Antonio, back in the team after a couple of months out with hamstring problems, grabbed his fourth goal of the season as West Ham sank the Clarets.
Michail Antonio slammed the ball past Nick Pope for his first goal since OctoberGetty Images – Getty
Hammers boss Moyes said: “Micky was very good for someone just coming back from injury.
“He’s shown a great level of robustness in the last six months and hopefully we can get him back up to that. If he can regain the form of those previous months that would be a big thing.”
Moyes is expected to splash out on a striker this month following the £20million sale of record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
But he added: “We’ve already made enquiries for players at clubs, it’s not as if we’re not trying, but I need players who can make a difference. If not I’ll use the young players or find someone else in the squad.”
The striker then pulled out a curious celebration on the London Stadium touchlineAFP
The Hammers have been linked with a £15million move for Stade Reims striker Boulaye Dia this month, with Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka also considered.
talkSPORT’s Alex Crook revealed: “[Haller’s exit] has left West Ham a bit short up front, with Michail Antonio their only recognised striker.
“Their attentions this evening appear to be turning towards Boulaye Dia, the Reims forward; a £15m bid is being mooted.
“They had taken a look at Red Bull Salzburg’s Zambian forward Patson Daka, but he’s proving a bit more expensive at around £20m.
David Moyes may trust Ademipo Odubeko to deputise if Antonio is not availableAFP
“Dia has scored 12 goals in 17 games this season and appears to be more of a David Moyes type player than Sebastien Haller.
“So that could well be a bid that is taken formally in the next few days.”
Antonio found the net in the ninth minute at the London Stadium with West Ham’s first attack of the match after Said Benrahma’s ball sent Jarrod Bowen through.
Bowen reached the byline before playing the ball back to Pablo Fornals, who crossed into the area.
Burnley have only scored four goals on the road this season and Sean Dyche may need to make changesAFP
The ball grazed the head of Clarets defender Ben Mee, forcing James Tarkowski to miss his header and leave Antonio with a tap-in at the far post.
The 30-year-old embarked on one of his trademark bizarre celebrations, performing the backstroke by the corner flag after being challenged to by team-mate Declan Rice.
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