West Ham fans are still mocked here in the Transfer Tavern for their club’s lengthy striker pursuit last summer that eventually saw them sign Simone Zaza on loan from Juventus – one of their worst ever transfer deals.
The Italian forward was shipped back to Turin over the winter – his parent club then moved him on to Valencia – leaving Slaven Bilic somewhat short of attacking options at the London Stadium.
Versatile wide-man Michail Antonio is currently the Hammers’ leading Premier League goalscorer with nine to his name this term, so there’s every chance the Irons will go again for a centre-forward during the looming off-season and the Mirror claim Luis Muriel is a target.
The 14-cap Colombia international has been in decent form for Sampdoria in Serie A through 2016/17, with his 10 goals and five assists helping I Blucerchiatito to a solid midtable position.
However, there is a release clause of £24m in his contract that, if his club aren’t willing to sell, may need to be triggered and would make Muriel the most expensive purchase in West Ham’s history, edging out £20.5m man Andre Ayew.
Is Luis Muriel the ideal striker for West Ham?
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