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West Ham: Dario Benedetto is a massive step in the wrong direction for Hammers

West Ham: Dario Benedetto is a massive step in the wrong direction for Hammers

It’s no secret that Manuel Pellegrini is preparing for a big summer with West Ham.

The Chilean manager has the task of building a team that can compete for a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, and it’s expected that many stars are to leave the club to both improve the transfer budget and slash the wage bill.

The striker position is one area that is expected to get a complete makeover, however recent rumours should have West Ham fans worried in what direction Pellegrini is taking West Ham.

According to Team Talk, the Hammers are set to bid for Boca Juniors striker Dario Benedetto, who is valued by the South American giants at £20 million.

The Argentina international is an unknown quantity in European football, having only ever played in Mexico and his home country, but at 28-years-old, having a history of being injured and currently going through one of the worst seasons in his career, signing Benedetto would be a big mistake for West Ham.

With only five goals scored in all competitions this season, Benedetto is simply too high a risk for Pellegrini to be signing for such a big fee. The Argentine’s record is even worse than current Hammers striker Javier Hernandez, who has seven goals in the Premier League this season.

Benedetto would be a poor signing both financially and on the pitch, and if West Ham want to consider themselves as genuine contenders for European football in the future, these types of signings will only take the club backwards.

West Ham fans, who should the Hammers sign this summer? Let us know!

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