West Ham are looking to get a back-up striker on a free transfer or loan deal, though they will not be considering Danny Welbeck, according to The Evening Standard.
The Hammers spent a large portion of their budget securing Sebastien Haller, though still need to bring in another frontman with Javier Hernandez currently their only other senior striker.
With Welbeck having been released by Arsenal he is now a free agent and was reportedly under consideration, though he earned £115,000 a week at the Emirates, which the Hammers deem to be too much for a back-up.
Welbeck made three starts and seven substitute appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last season, scoring three goals and assisting once.
This is a good return, which highlights the 42-cap England international can be a useful option when he is fit – he is the sort of player West Ham could use to make an impact off the bench, with Haller as the main option.
However, his injury history will be of concern, as since joining Arsenal in 2014, he has missed a total of 774 days and 123 matches through injury.
That does not match Andy Carroll on the length of time missed, as the former West Ham man was unavailable for 968 days and missed 110 games (via Transfermarkt).
Having got the injury-prone Carroll off of the wage bill, there will be a concern from many at West Ham about bringing in someone with a similar record in that regard.
Welbeck can be an effective player, but West Ham shouldn’t be looking at people who are injury-prone, considering the record of players such as Carroll.
This point is only accentuated by Welbeck’s wage demands, so the Hammers are right to pass on this one.
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