The West Ham United and Newcastle United supporters are hoping their club can sign a top quality striker this summer to ensure they mount a challenge for a top-eight finish next season.
Both West Ham and Newcastle appear to have secured their Premier League survival this season by collecting a handful of positive results in recent weeks. The Hammers still have work to do, but with five fixtures left to play they should have enough quality to breach the safe-haven which the 40-point mark so notoriously offers.
The stress of a relegation battle is certainly not desirable, so supporters of both clubs will be hoping to see the arrival of quality talent this summer to ensure they improve during the next campaign. Considering both clubs are lacking the presence of a convincing striker, it would be no surprise to see a forward player move to both St James’ Park and the London Stadium this summer.
However, West Ham and Newcastle will need to be very meticulous in their selection process and not be tempted by cut-price deals for players who are up for sale, such as Christian Benteke. According to reports from The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace’s manager Roy Hodgson has ran out of patience with the lacklustre Belgian international and, as such, he is hoping to offload him during the summer transfer window.
Although Palace look set to avoid relegation this season, they certainly owe no credit to the performances of Benteke who has been simply woeful at times. The 27-year-old has been wasteful in-front of goal and offered very little by way of threat with his overall play in the final-third, so Palace’s decision to sell the striker is far from surprising.
Benteke’s availability and extensive experience in the Premier League may well tempt Newcastle and West Ham to bid for his services this summer, but they should avoid making a bid at all costs and instead focus their attention on signing a clinical striker with greater mobility. Benteke has enjoyed success in the top-flight in the past, but those days look well behind him now, so a summer bid would certainly represent a backwards step for the aforementioned clubs.
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