West Ham have reportedly been boosted in their efforts to complete the signing of Akor Adams in January, but face competition for his signature.

The Hammers were bitterly disappointing on Wednesday evening, going out of the EFL Cup in limp fashion after a 5-1 defeat away to Liverpool.

David Moyes’ side simply never got going at Anfield, bringing to an end to their hopes of more silverware after last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League success.

West Ham are still well-placed in the Premier League currently, despite their form not always being convincing in 2023/24 to date, and fresh signings in the January transfer window could give them an extra boost.

According to a new update from Football Insider, Adams could leave Montpellier next month, giving both the Hammers and Fulham hope of a deal being struck:

“West Ham and Fulham target Akor Adams could leave Montpellier in January for a fee of around £15-20million, sources have told Football Insider.

“Both clubs have scouted him extensively and are eyeing potential moves for the 23-year-old following his impressive early-season form in Ligue 1.”

The report goes on to add that “the London duo are in the market for new strikers in the January window and Adams is just one name on the shortlist of both sides”, with “one well-placed recruitment source” claiming he “has the potential to be the ‘next Victor Osimhen'”.

West Ham could certainly do with some added firepower for the second half of the season, with Jarrod Bowen relied upon too much at the moment, scoring his side’s goal at Anfield on Wednesday.

Adams looks like an exciting prospect, scoring seven goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances for Montpellier this season, as well as netting 28 times in 50 matches for Lillestrom, prior to his move for France.

Still only 23, the Nigerian could provide Moyes with a prolific new option in the final third, and with Michail Antonio now an ageing player, he could be looked at as a replacement for him.

Fulham are also doing well currently, so it may not be easy for West Ham to get their man, but the lure of joining a more historic club could appeal to him.