Report: West Ham eyeing three strikers
Despite having recently signed Sebastian Haller for £45 million, West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is still keen to add another striker to his ranks this summer, according to the Daily Star. Apparently, the east London outfit are considering three potential attacking targets to pursue.
This trio is comprised of Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos, veteran free agent Fernando Llorente and Porto forward Moussa Marega.
It is unsurprising that Morelos is attracting Premier League attention given his goalscoring exploits last season. The Colombian bagged 30 goals for the Glasgow giants. However, the 23-year-old also had some discipline issues. Last season, Morelos racked up three red cards. The London Stadium faithful would soon lose patience with such antics.
Llorente is a free agent having been released by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer. However, Spurs may be about to re-sign the 24-year-old, as reported by the Evening Standard. The Spaniard has bags of experience and is definitely available, for now at least. However, he would not provide a long term solution for the Irons.
Marega enjoyed another fruitful campaign for Porto last season. The 18-cap Mali international registered 21 goals and 11 assists for the Portuguese club in all competitions. At 28-years-old, Marega is in his prime, and also has the versatility to play out wide or behind the striker. However, he would not come cheap, and may be beyond West Ham’s financial reach following the purchase of Haller.
Given the relative pros and cons of these three options, Morelos represents the most tantalising candidate. If he could replicate his goalscoring feats in the Premier League then he’d be a sensational signing. To truly succeed though, he would need to improve his troublesome disciplinary record. That being said, Pellegrini should back himself to get the best out of Morelos.