West Ham’s long search for a striker was one of the on-running sagas of the summer of 2016, and punters in the Transfer Tavern took a real interest as the Irons switched targets more often than Big Baz up at the bar changed his underwear!
Eventually the Hammers settled on loanee Simone Zaza, but the Italian was an unmitigated disaster at the London Stadium and has already been shipped back to Juventus, who in turn moved him on to Valencia.
As a result, Slaven Bilic’s side remain short of options to lead the line, and with Andy Carroll perennially injured, the situation is one that will surely need addressing at the end of the season.
Liverpool outcast Daniel Sturridge has been widely mooted as a target – the Daily Star reported the capital club were keen in early December – and now the Telegraph have dropped an interesting update regarding the 27-year-old’s future at Anfield.
They claim that crunch talks are scheduled between the England international and his manager Jurgen Klopp once the campaign ends and that it’s looking more and more likely that a parting of the ways is on the cards.
Further to this, the report reveals that a fee of £30m will be demanded by Liverpool, with West Ham’s interest known.
As well as making various claims, the Telegraph have also published quotes from Klopp, in which he confirmed discussions with Sturridge will take place when 2016/17 ends:
“We have to bring him back to the best shape possible and then bring this season to an end as successfully as possible.
“Then we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season.”
Although Sturridge has had his injury issues, there is a feeling in the Tavern that if West Ham can help him to stay fit they may just have the striker they have been searching for.
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