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West Ham tracking Dembélé

The striker search continues with a trip to Scotland

VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach v Celtic FC - UEFA Champions League
Could Moussa Dembélé be on his way back to the capital?
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

West Ham's striking woes have forced the club to look far and wide for a player capable of actually putting the ball into the net. According to our friends Hammers Chat, that search may have crossed the Northern border into Scotland.

A West Ham scout was reportedly in attendance during Celtic's 1-0 away victory against Kilmarnock over the weekend to watch Moussa Dembélé. Many clubs were reportedly interested in the French Forward during the summer when he was available on a free transfer from Fulham. He signed for the Hoops and has since become a vital part in Brendan Rodgers side.

Dembélé actually made his senior debut at Upton Park, coming on as a substitute for Fulham during a 3-0 victory for The Hammers way back in November 2013 when he was only 17 years old. Last season was he true breakthrough however, scoring 17 in 46 for the Cottagers.

Now 20, Moussa has continued his development and has so far scored 14 in 19 appearances for Celtic including 3 in the Champions League and a hat-trick against Rangers.

He has earned the attention of just about everyone in the footballing world and interest will no doubt be high in him for the second window in a row. Rodgers was recently quoted saying:

“If he leaves here at whatever point that will be it will be for a record transfer fee there is no question about that."

Celtic's current record transfer was the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Southampton for £13m. Would Dembélé be worth that? When talking to Geo Mackie from Hammers Chat, a Scotland native and my go-to expert on Scottish football, he responded:

"If Enner Valencia is worth a 12m gamble then this guy is certainly worth the 15m gamble"

What do you think? Is Moussa Dembélé the right man?