With the likes of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez being linked with moves away from East London, West Ham should look no further than to their London neighbours for reinforcements in attack, with Fulham loanee striker Aleksandar Mitrovic firing on all fronts for the Cottagers since his January move.
According to the Daily Mail, Mitrovic’s parent club Newcastle have stated they are willing to sell the striker, with Rafa Benitez hopeful of securing a significant fee that he can reinvest.
Mitrovic cost the Magpies £13 million when he initially joined but the North East side want to make a healthy profit, while the player himself is keen on a move away from St James’ Park.
The Serbian striker has been a revelation at Craven Cottage and Slavisa Jokanovic’s use of his fellow countryman has seen the 23-year-old striker become prolific on all fronts in the Championship.
Mitrovic joined on the final day of January’s transfer window and has scored 12 goals in his last 13 games, helping Fulham cement an automatic promotion chase.
Despite missing out on the final day after their 3-1 defeat to Birmingham City, Mitrovic can still fire Fulham to the Premier League via the play-offs and showcase why he is deserving of a second chance in the Premier League.
Reports from the Daily Star suggest that David Moyes is to be given a hefty spending spree for the summer and Mitrovic could prove to be the perfect transfer target.
Marko Arnautovic has proved a success in his debut season for the Hammers, registering 10 goals in the league to see him the club’s top-scorer this season.
However, the Austrian international is not an established out-and-out striker and the arrival of a forward partner could see the 29-year-old replicating the form of this season.
The signing of Javier Hernandez has not proved successful since his summer move from Bayern Leverkusen, reported by BBC Sport to be in the region of £16 million.
The former Manchester United striker has been left frustrated on the bench and has even been linked with a move back to his former club Chivas, as confirmed by ESPN.
In the case of 29-year-old Andy Carroll, the club must look to sell him as quickly as possible.
With only eight starts to date this season, he has not made more than 18 starts in a single season since he joined the club on loan in 2012/13, meaning the Hammers are crying out for more options up-front.
Moyes’ side sits 15th in the league, on 38 points, with home games against Manchester United and Everton rounding off what has been a very mixed season.
Poor early results led to Slaven Bilic being replaced by Moyes back in November and pitch invasions and discontent in the stands during a loss to Burnley in March threatened to further sour the season.
Fans have been fuming about the club’s move to the London Stadium and a lack of investment on the pitch. This could call for real investment in the summer.
Mitrovic has proven his worth through his miraculous revival at Fulham and deserves the chance to showcase his talents in the top-flight.