Opinion

Perfect Anderson alternative: £16.2m-rated ace West Ham should be looking at this summer

Since taking over as West Ham manager, one area Manuel Pellegrini has looked to strengthen is in attack. 

The Hammers recently missed out on Javier Pastore to AS Roma, while they remain desperate to conclude a deal for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson.

According to Sky Sports, Pellegrini’s bosses at the London Stadium have raised their offer for Anderson to £35m, but whether they manage to land the Brazilian or not, West Ham should still target another forward player. And the ideal person for the position would be Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who is currently valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt.

The 26-year-old would either serve as a great alternative to Anderson or complement him nicely in the team.

Shaqiri is the type of player who could also help ease the pressure off Marko Arnautovic or at least make things easier for the Austrian.

In addition to Manuel Lanzini once he returns from his long-term injury with Shaqiri, Anderson, Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, Pellegrini will have the options to fully implement the attacking football he’s promised to deliver at the London Stadium.

The £12m relegation clause reported to be in Shaqiri’s contract by publications such as the Guardian would mean West Ham would not only be getting a quality forward, but they’d be getting one for an absolute bargain.

Shaqiri would be a coup for West Ham and, ultimately, is the calibre of player West Ham supporters have been expecting since their move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

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