West Ham monitoring New York City striker Valentin Castellanos

West Ham are tracking New York City rising star Valentin Castellanos who has scored NINE goals in his last seven games… Pep Guardiola believes the Argentine ace is a ‘quality player’ that is destined to move to Europe

  • Valentin Castellanos plays for New York City, Manchester City’s sister club
  • The 23-year-old Argentine has scored 23 goals over in America this season
  • City boss Pep Guardiola thinks the striker has the ability to play in Europe 
  • He has been attracting interest from Turkish and Spanish clubs recently
  • West Ham are also interested in the forward who has been prolific in 2021 

Manchester City’s sister club in America are braced for Premier League interest in MLS top goalscorer Valentin Castellanos.

The Argentine scored as New York City beat Portland Timbers on penalties to lift the MLS Cup last weekend, taking his tally for the season to 23 across all competitions.

He has been in particularly impressive form over the past few weeks as he scored in each of his side’s last four games during the regular season.

Valentin Castellanos celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final

He would go on to lift the trophy after his side overcame their opponents 5-3 on penalties

The forward then followed that up by finding the net in the three matches that he featured in during the MLS Cup play-offs, meaning he has nine goals in his last seven club appearances.

The 23-year-old drew praise from Pep Guardiola on Sunday, with West Ham United thought to have kept an eye on his development over recent months.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rates Castellanos highly and thinks he will play in Europe

‘I think he is a guy whose next step will be in Europe,’ Guardiola said. ‘What I’ve seen, and when the scouting department talk to me, I think he is a quality player ready to make the next step. We will see where.’ 

Castellanos is valued at around £15million, with Besiktas reported to have seen a bid turned down.

Several Championship clubs sounded New York out about a potential switch last summer but Castellanos’s stock has since risen and he has been attracting interest from Spain.

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