The West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping to see plenty of new players arrive at the club this summer as the Hammers enter a new era under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Hammers faithful lining up our bare believe they need to strengthen the depth of their squad significantly in order to steer clear of a relegation battle next season, and recent reports regarding a potential striker suggest Pellegrini wants to bolster his forward options.
According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham are set to target Solomon Rondon this summer – a player who worked under Pellegrini when they were together at Malaga.
Rondon struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis last season, but he still managed to score 10 goals from 40 appearances in all-competitions despite playing for a side who were fighting for their Premier League status.
Whilst far from groundbreaking, his record suggests he could be a useful asset to West Ham next season, and Pellegrini will be hoping the Venezuela international can have a similar impact to the one which Alvaro Negredo had on his debut season at Manchester City.
The 32-year-old who now plays his trade at Besiktas began his career in English football in prolific form by notching 23 goals from 49 appearances. When you consider that plenty of those appearances were made as a substitute due to competition for a starting berth from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, that’s a very fine return indeed.
Although Rondon has failed to record a return of that level since his arrival in English football, Pellegrini’s influence at West Ham and attacking philosophy could provide him with the springboard to finally enjoy a 15-20 goal season.
Rondon’s arrival would certainly be met with plenty of scepticism, but if Pellegrini can install a new level of confidence into the striker, he could eventually go on to enjoy the same level of success and popularity which Negredo experienced during his debut season under the Chilean at Man City.
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