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West Ham: Club competing with league rivals for Valencia striker Rodrigo

West Ham: Club competing with league rivals for Valencia striker Rodrigo

With Andy Carroll released on a free upon the end of his contract this summer and reports from ESPN claiming that the Hammers are keen on selling Javier Hernandez, a new striker is seemingly on the agenda for West Ham.

Indeed, plenty of names have already been thrown around as players the Hammers are interested in bringing to the London Stadium this summer, such as Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez (ExWHUemployee) and Bournemouth star Callum Wilson (The Sun).

And now, according to the Sun, West Ham are interested in Valencia striker Rodrigo, who is said to be keen on a return to England, having previously appeared for Bolton, after scoring 15 goals and assisting 10 in all competitions for the La Liga side last season, with the report claiming that Everton are also interested in the Spanish international.

With a Transfermarkt valuation of £45 million and a reported release clause of €120 million (£107 million) via Football Espana, Rodrigo is easily the most expensive striker to be linked with a move to West Ham this summer, with Gomez fetching a Transfermarkt valuation of £36 million whilst Wilson’s value sits at just £27 million.

Of course, with West Ham spending a reported £24 million on Pablo Fornals via BBC Sport, it gives off the impression that the club have money to spend this summer, but with Football Fan Cast reporting that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are failing to get business done due to the inability to ship off Hernandez, going big on a striker might not be the best course of action for the Hammers.

As per the Sun report, Valencia value Rodrigo at £70 million, though this number can decrease, and with West Ham in need of a striker this summer, the Spaniard could prove to be too expensive an option for the east London side.

West Ham fans, would Rodrigo be a realistic signing? Let us know!

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