Valentín Castellanos is £15m-rated MLS top scorer wanted by West Ham

West Ham United are one of several European clubs keeping an sharp eye on New York City striker Valentin Castellanos who is currently making waves in MLS.

The Argentinian forward scored 23 goals last season, winning the golden boot and guiding his club to their very first MLS Cup victory over the weekend.

He scored in Saturday's final as NYCFC edged past Portland Timbers on penalties to be crowned US champions.

West Ham, who are in the market for a striker to provide back up for Michail Antonio, are interested in bringing the 23-year-old to east London in January, but they'll face stiff competition for his signature if Castellanos is allowed to leave.

Turkish giants Besiktas are supposedly keen, while Championship club Nottingham Forest are also prepared to part with £8 million to land him – though it's understood NYCFC will be looking for at least £15 million.

The club is owned by The City Football Group – who also own Manchester City – and Castellanos has even been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium after City boss Pep Guardiola recently sang the striker's praises.

"I think he is a guy who will make the next step and move to Europe," Guardiola said.

"What I saw and heard when the scouting department talked to me about him, I think he is a quality player ready to play in Europe and we will see where."

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City are still on the lookout for a striker after releasing Sergio Aguero and missing out on signing Harry Kane during the summer, though Tuesday's 7-0 thumping of Leeds United suggests they may not need one.

Castellanos began his career at Chilean side Universidad de Chile before sealing a move to Uruguayan outfit Montevideo City Torque, who are also owned by The City Football Group.

In 2018 he was loaned to New York City before making the move permanent a year later and the Argentine has bagged 41 goals in 99 games for the club so far.

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