According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, West Ham are one of a few Premier League sides interested in striker Emiliano Sala. The 28-year-old currently plays his football at Ligue 1 outfit Nantes and has done so since leaving Bordeaux back in 2015, with his fine goal-scoring exploits in the French top-flight attracting interest from the Premier League.
And reports suggest that Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers, as well as Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham, are keen on the £12.6 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), a move which, were West Ham to pull off, could finally rid them of fellow striker Andy Carroll.
Ultimately, England international Carroll made the move to East London back in 2013 after enjoying a loan spell at the club the season before, netting seven times during that temporary stint to earn a permanent move to the Hammers.
And while there have been glimpses of brilliance from the 29-year-old, including scoring nine goals in the 2015/16 season for Slaven Bilic’s side in their run to seventh place, he has on the whole frustrated West Ham fans during his time at the club as a result of his recurrent injury problems.
Overall, in six full seasons at the club, the striker has managed 128 appearances for the Hammers, with his tally of 27 league appearances in the 2015/16 season his highest single campaign tally – he has exceeded 20 appearances on just one other occasion.
And with the 29-year-old again having spent much of the current season out due to injury, the patience of West Ham fans must be wearing thin – with his contract up at the end of the season, it’s surely time to let him leave.
And were the Hammers to land Nantes’ Sala come the New Year, Pellegrini’s men would have no reason to offer Carroll a new deal given just how prolific the 28-year-old Argentine has been in recent times.
As aforementioned, Sala made the move to Nantes back in 2015, and he has since then produced the goods for the Ligue 1 outfit with 47 goals in just 127 games for the club, including 12 in each of his past two seasons in the French top-flight.
And he is well on his way to beating that tally this term with 11 goals already in just 14 appearances for Nantes, seven of which have come in his last six appearances to underline a striker in some of the best form of his career to date.
And with the future of Javier Hernandez very much uncertain heading into the January window, and of course Carroll’s current deal set to expire in the summer, Pellegrini will surely be thinking about improving his striking ranks – Sala appears to be the man for the job.
And were he to lure the Argentine to the London Stadium, it could finally rid the Hammers of injury-prone Carroll.
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