West Ham United haven’t been able to ensure consistency in recent times, which has had a negative affect on their push for a European spot.
The Hammers have definitely improved under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini in the current campaign, but there’re still a number of changes that need to be made this month.
Marko Arnautovic is reportedly going to have to wait until the summer to move away from the London Stadium, but David Gold and David Sullivan will still need to invest in a striker, with Javier Hernandez struggling in front of goal.
So, with a European spot still being their main aim from here on in until the end of the season, it’s vital that the club go all out to secure a prolific forward.
Interestingly, it looks as if the Hammers already have a striker in their sights, as according to the Bergamo Post (via HITC), Atalanta have rejected an approach from West Ham United to sign striker Duvan Zapata for €40 million (£35 million)
Zapata found the back of the net four times in Atalanta’s 5-0 win over Frosinone recently, meaning he has now smashed 14 goals in his last eight games, with 17 for the season in all competitions.
Indeed, the Colombian stands at 6ft 2in and has superb strength, a decent turn of pace and the ability to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, so he could easily take the Hammers to another level.
The Hammers already have Arnautovic’s strength at the pinnacle of the attack, but pace has been something that has gone missing through the middle, with Felipe Anderson making up for it out wide.
And, the forward once outshone (as per Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN) one of the world’s best strikers during his time at Napoli, as Rafa Benitez benched Gonzalo Higuain and replaced him with Zapata due to his form.
“Gonzalo’s a fundamental player for us, but Duvan’s playing so well right now that it makes it much easier for me to pick him,”
It’s clear to see that Zapata has always been a special player having outshone one of the world’s best forwards during a period of time in Naples, but his recent form suggests that he has gone up another couple of levels since then.
Gold and Sullivan could make a big statement by signing the South American as he is currently one of the most prolific forwards in Europe, and the fee that the Hammers would have to pay would be a big one. The Hammers’ reported £35 million bid was already ambitious, but going back in and sealing the deal would take things to another level.
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