West Ham are thinking of joining the race for Wolves striker Benik Afobe, according to the Express.

The Wolves striker netted 32 goals last season – more than anyone else in the country – and joined the Championship side from Arsenal in a £2million deal in January.

Such a goal return has led to him being linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs, with the Express reporting Aston Villa are currently giving serious thought about brining him to Villa Park this summer.

But the Express also claim Slaven Bilic is keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, with the Hammers currently suffering a striker shortage as Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia both nurse long term injury setbacks.

Afobe still has three years to run on his Molineux contract and the Express claim Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is eager to push back on any bids made for his star man.

The former Arsenal striker spent the first half of last season on loan at MK Dons, where he netted 10 goals in 22 League One appearances. He made the switch to Wolves in January and followed that up with 14 Championship goals in 23 outings.

Afobe never made a first team appearance for Arsenal, and has also had loan spells with Huddersfield, Reading, Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday.

With the Hammers clearly in desperate need of a striker, Afobe would be a decent addition to our squad. However, questions marks over his ability to make the rapid step up from League One to the Premier League in just 12 months will have some people wondering whether it would be worth taking a punt on him.

What do you think? Would you like to see Benik Afobe at the club by the end of the summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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