West ham United have enjoyed a thoroughly productive summer so far, but with just a few hours remaining until the transfer window slams shut it appears they could be set to take a backwards step in the market.
After bringing in the likes of Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, it’s fair to say that the Hammers have set a precedent for the future and look set to usher in a new era of success at the London Stadium.
But a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests that they are going to compromise their ambition on transfer deadline day with an ill-advised deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente.
Indeed, the report claims that Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add Llorente to his squad in a deal which would set them back a figure in the region of £7 million.
West Ham have already brought Lucas Perez into the club from Arsenal today, so with the recent recruit, Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and even Andy Carroll all to chose from at centre-forward, a potential deal for Llorente seems rather unnecessary.
The main problem is that Llorente’s arrival would represent nothing more than a last-minute panic-buy rather than a forward-thinking acquisition designed to contribute to a glowing West Ham future.
At 33-years-of-age, Llorente is hardly the prolific striker he once was, and his record of just 1 goal from 16 Premier League appearances last season serves to illuminate his struggle in front of goal.
Considering West Ham have appointed Manuel Pellegrini to manage the club and brought in technically gifted and physically mobile players to the squad this summer, signing a target-man such as Llorente would go against the grain of the brand of football they are striving to implement in East London, so they should abandon their pursuit before they make their worst decision of the summer so far.
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