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Hammers Eye Lukaku But Face Financial Hurdles

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West Ham United are considering a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but face financial hurdles in their pursuit of the Belgian international, according to a Sky Sports report.

The 31-year-old Lukaku’s struggles at Stamford Bridge since his return from Inter Milan in 2021 have seen him fall out of favour, with Chelsea open to offloading the striker. West Ham view Lukaku as a potential alternative to their primary target, Lille’s Jonathan David, who is reportedly available for around £25 million.

Sky Sports journalists believe Lukaku can rediscover his scoring touch at West Ham under manager Julen Lopetegui, with the Hammers in need of a replacement when Danny Ings departs the club. Lukaku’s physical presence in attack could complement the pace of Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus.

However, finalising a deal for Lukaku could prove challenging for West Ham. The striker’s high wages and Chelsea’s potential asking price might be outside the Hammers’ financial bracket. Perhaps the Irons might benefit more from signing a younger forward who aligns better with their long-term strategy.

Further complicating matters is Lukaku’s current commitment to international duty with Belgium at the Euros. Any negotiations between West Ham and Chelsea would likely have to wait until after the tournament concludes.

The potential arrival of Lukaku at the London Stadium hinges on West Ham’s willingness to meet Chelsea’s financial demands. The East London club might ultimately decide to focus on alternative targets who provide a better fit for their long-term vision

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  • NorfolkHammer says:

    he’s a mercenary & also on big wages move on NEXT as been please

  • IronItOut says:

    More clickbait to send you to the sky sports website. Not to the report he mentioned mind you, just to skysports.com. Click, paid, click, paid!

  • Jeeps says:

    It’s been reported that whu are in healthy position regarding transfer funding.
    Not sure how this works (and not something we should be bragging about).
    Players being.linked Max Kilman £45m / Morten Frendrup £45m / Riccardo Calafori £45m / Ferdi Kudioglu £45m.
    All very impressive but not if there is only £100m in the pot.
    This is without looking at 1 or 2 strikers / left winger / replacement for injured Alverez.
    Ings moving on and removing his wage bill has got to be an asset.
    Don’t need to be replaced with an equally large wage bill which Lukaku will be.
    Increasing squad size is a necessity for rotation/injuries which will mean revaluing incoming players.

  • Davy Smith says:

    What utter nonsense , a Barbie dream land report , Lukaku isn’t going to go to West Ham

  • Macephtopheles says:

    I’d honestly rather hear that West Ham have literally zero money in their transfer kitty than hear they’re even considering a move for Lukaku.

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a decent enough player but he’s the wrong side of 30 and on ridiculous wages. Considering Chelsea dropped nearly £100m bringing him back he won’t be going cheap and there’ll be zero chance of recouping anything close to what would be spent on him.

    Would rather see Danny Ings keeping every fan in fear of being struck by his best effort of the season than going in for Lukaku.

  • Ian says:

    Would be a terrible signing at the money Chelsea reportedly want. David would be a far better and cheaper option but doubt he’ll choose us over the other clubs linked with him.

  • Mark says:

    This is almost as bad as the news linking us to Zaha. High wages and past his best both Zaha and Lukaku wouid just be another Ings. I thought the objective was a younger team that could develop over time not expensive short term overpaid individuals who won’t deliver.

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