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Move over Muto: Kramaric is the man to complete West Ham’s new-look attack

Move over Muto: Kramaric is the man to complete West Ham’s new-look attack

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and Hammers supporters will be pleased with the business that has been done at the London Stadium this summer. 

Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko are the standout signings in east London, while the addition of childhood West Ham fan and former Arsenal man Jack Wilshere is an acquisition that will bring smiles to faces, too.

And to complement the above, West Ham could now move to sign a striker.

The Breakdown

According to Bild, the Hammers will challenge fellow Premier League outfit Newcastle United for the signature of Mainz’s Yoshinori Muto.

Muto, who played for Japan in the recently concluded World Cup, only has a year to run on his contract, making him an attractive proposition to the likes of West Ham and Newcastle.

However, if West Ham are shopping in the Bundesliga for a new striker, then they should consider looking at Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric.

£31.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kramaric had a brief spell in the Premier League with Leicester City, but failed to make much of an impact.

But since moving to Germany, the Croatia international has developed into quite the goalscorer.

Kramaric scored 13 goals in 34 league appearances last season and 15 in 34 the Bundesliga campaign prior to that.

The 27-year-old was also impressive when coming off the bench for Croatia in the World Cup and, despite only managing to register once throughout the tournament, Kramaric looked a constant threat and linked up well with his Croatian team-mates.

In Anderson, Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic – if Pellegrini moves him back out wide – West Ham have strong attacking midfield options. And up front, Kramaric could be the cherry on top.

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