According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, West Ham are interested in a Deadline Day swoop for striker Fernando Llorente. The 33-year-old only made the move to fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham 12 months ago after impressing at Swansea City, but the Spaniard has been unable to assert himself on the first team at the North London outfit, and as such could be set to leave the club before this evening’s 5pm deadline.
And Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers are one side reportedly keen on the striker, and for a reported £7 million, it’s a deal they must seek to get done in a bid to finally upgrade on injury-prone forward Andy Carroll.
Yes, England international Carroll may well be a better striker than Llorente and even more of an aerial presence, and thus a nuisance, than the Spaniard, but he simply cannot be relied upon to deliver the goods over the course of a season.
Already, the Hammers forward is set to miss the start of the coming campaign through injury, which adds to the variety of injury problems Carroll has suffered during his time at the London Stadium – in six years at the club, he has appeared just 128 times.
Thus, the time has surely come for the East London club to consider upgrading or indeed getting rid of the 29-year-old, and Llorente would be the ideal man to come in and take his place.
Yes, the Spain international may well be 33 and arguably in the twilight of his career, but it was only little over 12 months ago in which the forward produced the goods to help keep Swansea in the Premier League, netting 15 goals in just 33 Premier League games for the South Wales outfit.
As such, it’s pretty evident that the 33-year-old has genuine pedigree at top-flight level and could lead the line effectively for the Hammers – with the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, and even new signings Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere around him, he’d get plenty of opportunities to score.
Aerially, Llorente is excellent while his hold-up play could be a huge asset to Pellegrini and his team this season – he may not be as good as Carroll when on the pitch, but he’s likely to be on the pitch a great deal longer than the Englishman over the course of the campaign.
And for just £7 million, it’s a deal the East London club must seek to get done on Deadline Day in a bid to round off an outstanding summer of business at the London Stadium.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!