With Andy Carroll out the door and Javier Hernandez (AS) and Marko Arnautovic (Di Marzio) reportedly also heading in the same direction, a new striker seems to be a logical player on West Ham’s transfer list.
Maxi Gomez has long been rumoured with a move to east London with rumours of the Celta Vigo striker joining the club being reported by Sky Sports News as far back as January, but the Uruguayan hasn’t been the only striker linked with a move to West Ham, and a familiar name has entered the frame.
According to the Sun, the Hammers are interested in Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson and are plotting a £35 million move for the 27-year-old to fill the void left by the attackers who could potentially be leaving this summer, and although it is a hefty transfer fee, it would be a risk worth taking for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Comparing the Cherries man to West Ham’s most prolific striker last season, Arnautovic, with stats from WhoScored, it’s clear to see that Wilson does a lot more to contribute to goals, scoring 14 and assisting 9 compared to the Austrian’s 10 goals and 4 assists.
The English international is also more likely to be fouled per 90 minutes, winning 1.1 fouls per game to Arnautovic’s 0.4 per game. However, the West Ham man is more likely to retain possession with the first touch as the striker has on average 1.7 bad touches per game compared to Wilson’s 3.2.
With a new striker needed this summer, it is clear to see that Wilson will be an improvement on what West Ham’s finest could produce last season and that despite the hefty price tag, the England international will be worth the financial risk.
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