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Forget Seferovic: Unlucky West Ham should target £11.7m-rated South American instead

On top of signing at least one new attacking midfielder, Manuel Pellegrini could also look to bring in a striker. And one No.9 possibly being lined up is Benfica’s Haris Seferovic.

The Breakdown

According to Record, West Ham are interested in the services of Seferovic as Pellegrini looks for alternatives to Marko Arnautovic up front.

The uncertainty surrounding Javier Hernandez’s future at the London Stadium and Andy Carroll’s injury proneness makes West Ham’s search for a centre-forward potentially just as important as anything else.

However, a move for Seferovic may not be the wisest. The Hammers already have a recent bad track record when it comes to the signing of strikers.

The likes of Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri, Nikica Jelavic and Emmanuel Emenike have all been brought in and failed miserably. And looking at Seferovic’s goalscoring record, the Switzerland international is unlikely to fair any better.

Rather, Pellegrini should look to take advantage of West Brom’s relegation to the Championship and try to sign £11.7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Salomon Rondon.

Even in a team such as West Brom’s that defends extremely deep and does not create the clearest of goalscoring opportunities, Rondon still manages to deliver more often than not.

The 28-year-old was just as impressive – if not more – during his time in Spain with Malaga where he was able to score 25 goals in 67 La Liga appearances.

The powerful and aerially dominant striker, overall, would be a superb acquisition for West Ham and a much better alternative to Seferovic.

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