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Iago Aspas would thrive under Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham

Iago Aspas would thrive under Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham

West Ham have kicked off the Manuel Pellegrini with two straight defeats in the Premier League.

The Hammers were soundly beaten in a difficult opening fixture against Liverpool at Anfield but looked set to get back on track against Bournemouth at the London Stadium. Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but goals from Callum Wilson and Steve Cook condemned Pellegrini’s men to another defeat. Things do not get any easier for the Chilean with a trip to Arsenal next on the agenda.

The former Manchester City boss spent huge sums of money in the summer transfer window, but their extravagant spending hasn’t resulted in great performances on the pitch. Their defence has looked shaky while their attack has been blunt thus far – a massive change is needed if West Ham are to avoid another relegation battle.

One man they should target when the January transfer window reopens is Celta Vigo hitman – Iaso Aspas. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard is no stranger to the Premier League having spent two years in England with Liverpool. His spell on Merseyside was disappointing, but the 31-year-old quickly rediscovered his goalscoring touch after returning to Spain.

Aspas was in fine form in La Liga last year, scoring 22 goals and notching five assists to beat Alvaro Morata to a place in Spain’s World Cup squad. With expert movement and deadly finishing, Aspas would give West Ham fans the intelligent forward they have been crying out for. His arrival would allow Pellegrini to move Arnautovic back out wide and add another dimension to their attack.

Celta will surely be unwilling to lose their star forward, but West Ham should test their resolve with a huge bid in January to finally solve their striker dilemma.

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