West Ham may have broken their transfer record to sign Sebastien Haller, but the club aren’t stopping there, as they have shown an interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, according to The Daily Record.
Their report suggested that the Hammers, along with Crystal Palace are tentatively showing interest in the 23-year-old.
With the aforementioned signing of Haller, it is likely that Morelos would be up against Javier Hernandez to decide who would supplement the Frenchman, considering his club-record expense.
Hernandez started 16 games in all competitions last season, coming on a substitute 11 times and he scored eight goals, assisting once. Meanwhile, Morelos was often Rangers’ main man, starting 45 times and coming off the bench three times, scoring 30 goals and assisting 11.
Obviously, with there being an argument that the Scottish top flight is some way off the level of England’s one, the best indication of what he could offer is his Europa League form and he scored four times, assisting three in 13 games. Still, there have been questions marks about his discipline considering his multiple dismissals last season and pundits such as Jackie McNamara (Sky Sports) have labelled him a ‘liability’.
As a result, Manuel Pellegrini could have a big challenge on his hands in taming Morelos enough to make him usable and prevent him from being disruptive, but the Colombian is worth a try, even if signing him would be a risk.
That’s because he can be prolific in front of goal – to score 30 in a season is a big achievement even if it is in Scotland – and got off to a scoring start to the 2019/20 campaign, coming off the bench to score in a Europa League qualifying round tie against St. Josephs. To supplement Haller and operate either as a partner or an understudy, he is someone who has proven he can score goals.
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