What do West Ham United need this summer to take the club to the next level? A striker that can regularly find the back of the net.
Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez, Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll have not made the desired impact at the London Stadium and reports have suggested that Manuel Pellegrini could look to wield the axe on the quartet in the summer.
The Hammers’ need for a new forward (or two) will have sent the rumour mill into overdrive and two names have recently been linked with potential moves to the Premier League outfit – Everton Soares and Edin Dzeko.
However, if West Ham were to only choose to target one of those men in the summer transfer window, who should they look to go for? Let’s take a closer look at the duo below…
Everton has been linked with a move to the London Stadium by Calciomercato, who made bold claims suggesting he could be available for a transfer between 20million and 30million (£17.2m-£25.8m), despite having a release clause in his contract worth €60m (£51.2m).
The 23-year-old, who has recently made a return to the Brazilian national team, would be able to link up with Felipe Anderson and the South American flair the two could bring to the side could help to take them to the next level as they would become even more dangerous going forward.
Everton has an incredible ability of being able to play in front of goal as a centre-forward, whilst he can also offer the Hammers versatility in the final third as he can also play on either flank as well. Blessed with pace and sharpness in the penalty area, the Gremio forward can also pick out a pass and provide his team-mates with the perfect opportunity to score.
He is also really good on the ball, as he has excellent control with it at his feet, whilst he has some exceptional footwork that makes it extremely difficult for defenders to win it back from him.
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West Ham are already believed to have had an offer worth around €10m (£8.5m) for Dzeko rejected by AS Roma, per Tuttomercatoweb. Although that original bid was turned down, it would not be a surprise if the Hammers did return for him at a later stage.
The Bosnian is well-known by Pellegrini from their time together at Manchester City, where they were both very successful. As the 33-year-old already knows how the Chilean manager operates and the style he wants to utilise, there would be very few teething issues that the club could encounter, something that can not necessarily be said about Everton.
Dzeko would be able to offer the Irons a physical presence in the box and would be an ideal target man for the likes of Anderson and Manuel Lanzini to try and whip crosses into, whilst he has continued to show that he is more than capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis for whoever he has been playing for.
However, his age would have to be considered a problem and should be highlighted, as he obviously cannot be thought of as a long-term solution to their attacking woes and that should be something taken into account at the London Stadium.
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Everton and Dzeko are both equally good and could both solve the need that West Ham has of finding a striker that can provide a regular source of goals.
However, when it comes down to looking at the long-term future of the club and the role each man can play in helping the Hammers to achieve their aims, the Brazilian forward must win this battle.
Yes, there will be doubts about whether he could succeed in English football, however, with a number of South Americans already at the club and within the country, he could find it easier to adapt and settle down, whilst he still has a number of years ahead of him in the game.
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