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West Ham: A free run to Salomon Rondon looks to be opening up

West Ham: A free run to Salomon Rondon looks to be opening up

There have been a few names linked with a move to West Ham this summer such as Maxi Gomez, and now one of them could be one step closer to joining the east London side.

According to Football Insider, the Hammers are set to submit a fresh bid for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon after being encouraged by the news that Wolves, who had been reported by the Express and Star as the front-runners for the striker in early June, have dropped out of the race for the Venezuela international.

With a reported release clause of £16.5 million per the Express and Star after West Brom failed to win promotion to the Premier League last season, it is seemingly likely that Rondon will return to the English top-flight after impressing at Newcastle last term, where the former Zenit striker hit 12 goals and registered seven assists in 33 league matches for the Toon Army.

With Wolves out of the running and Newcastle (whose owner Mike Ashley was previously reported by the Daily Star to have reservations over signing the player) weathering their own crisis at the moment following the departure of Rafa Benitez, a free run at a player Pellegrini has previously worked with could be opening up.

So, with a striker exodus currently going on at the London Stadium with Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez already gone and with Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez reportedly heading through the exit door as well as per BBC Sport and ESPN respectively, Pellegrini should be aiming to make the 29-year-old a priority in the coming weeks.

Indeed, when you compare Rondon’s numbers to that of Arnautovic and Hernandez on WhoScored, it is easy to see as to why the target man would be an exciting addition to the Hammers’ squad.

As well as outscoring and providing more assists than the West Ham duo, Rondon registered more shots per game at 2.8 than both Arnautovic (1.5) and Hernandez (2.2). The Venezuelan also made more key passes (1) and more dribbles (0.6) per game than the Mexican international (0.2 and 0.5 per game).

Former team-mate Ayoze Perez spoke of the connection he had with the target-man last season and former Hammer Dean Ashton labelled new signing Pablo Fornals as a ‘striker’s dream’, so it’s clear to see Rondon would work alongside an attacking midfielder while there is potential there for Fornals to flourish himself.

With a price tag of £16.5 million and strikers needed, Rondon would be a significant upgrade on what Pellegrini had to work with last season, and with the Hammers now leading the chase for the striker, they need to ensure a deal gets over the line.

West Ham fans, would you take Rondon? Let us know!

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