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Should West Ham take £7m punt on Tottenham Hotspur attacker?

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Should West Ham take £7m punt on Tottenham Hotspur attacker?

West Ham United need a striker this summer after offloading Lucas Perez to Spanish side Alaves and Andy Carroll on a free transfer, and a Tottenham Hotspur attacker may be worth the risk.

Losing both Perez and Carroll has left the Hammers with Javier Hernandez as the club’s only first-team option. Jordan Hugill is likely to be sold, while Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic are not natural centre-forwards.

It is clear that the Hammers need a striker, but the cost of bringing in a proven Premier League goalscorer is somewhat extortionate. It may mean Manuel Pellegrini has to take a risk this summer.

That risk could be in the form of Tottenham Hotspur’s Vincent Janssen. Russian outlet Championat claim Lokomotiv Moscow want to land the Netherlands international, who is available for just £7million.

 

Janssen, who turns 25 this month, has had a tough few seasons since his move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016. In his first season, he scored just six goals in 38 league and cup appearances.

An indifferent loan to Fenerbahce followed, before a foot injury ruled him out for much of the 2018-19 term. Spurs are now willing to offload the powerful forward for a bargain £7million, £10million less than their initial outlay.

He is deemed a flop at Tottenham. But if you delve into his first season at Spurs more than just the initial stats, Janssen deserves sympathy. Of his 38 outings, 26 were from the bench. He completed 90 minutes four times.

Janssen needs confidence and the trust that he is a club’s first-choice striker. The last time he was given that was in his last season at Alkmaar, where he scored an enormous 32 goals in 49 games.

For just £7million, he is worth a punt for the Hammers.

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