The West Ham United fans have been feeling positive in the Transfer Tavern this week since their side took a priceless point away from Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 draw.
After clinching a massive three-points against Southampton in the previous week, the pressure was slightly eased on West Ham for their fixture against Chelsea last Sunday despite their league position. With time running out for the Hammers to claim the points necessary for Premier League survival, they clinched a 1-1 draw courtesy of a second-half equaliser from Javier Hernandez on a weekend when the bottom-three sides all failed to claim three-points.
The result has moved West Ham 6 points clear of the relegation zone with 6 fixtures left to play, but Moyes will need to ensure his players stay focused and finish the job during the final weeks of the season. However, according to The Daily Telegraph, the club are already looking ahead to the summer transfer window as they have expressed an interested in securing a deal for West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon (valued at £11.8 million by Transfermarkt).
The same report claims that Rondon should be available for a fee of £16.5 million following West Brom’s inevitable relegation due to the presence of a buy-out clause in his contract. Considering the state of the current transfer market, a £16.5 million fee would represent a good value for money deal for the Hammers, but they must consider that Rondon’s transfer would almost certainly end Andy Carroll’s career with the club.
Carroll will have been contracted to West Ham for 5 years this summer, but his time in East London has been heavily tarnished by injury problems which have served to disrupt his career. That pattern has persisted this season, as he has only managed to make 12 appearances in the league so far – just 7 of which were made from the outset.
The similarity in the style of play between Carroll and Rondon would make it difficult for both players to operate within the same starting eleven, or even the same club. With that to consider alongside Carroll’s record with injuries in recent years, it’s fair to assume that Rondon would effectively replace the England international at the London Stadium and force him to embark on a new challenge this summer.
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