Hammers study striker options


edin_dzeko-465961West Ham are again looking at their striker options after Alexandre Lacazette gave the club a thumbs down to a move earlier in the week.

Despite one morning newspaper claiming the Hammers are considering a new bid for him, both CandH via club insiders and the general media, through his agents, have been told the move won’t happen.

RR ModerateNow both Christian Benteke and Edin Dzeko are re-emerging as possible targets as the club reassesses it’s position.

Benteke is a striker admired by Slaven Bilic and at 25 years old is in front of Dzeko, 30, for whom Roma want £15 million.

The Liverpool front man is understood to be looking in excess of £100k a week and we were told earlier: “Buying from Liverpool is difficult as very big numbers are ALWAYS involved.

“There’s no panic and we are considering all our options – they are just two names in our minds along with several others.

However, were the Irons to move for Dzeko they would offer only around £11 million seeing him as the second striker they are looking for this season.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • SwissStu says:

    100 million a week 🙂

  • noaksey1 says:

    Over £100,000 a week for a Liverpool reserve-Get real we did that once with Carroll.I also understand Dzeko wants more than that.The worlds gone mad.

  • Is this the right site to discuss the Brexit vote for hours and hours and hours or is it just football?

    • Stan The Madeira Cake Man says:

      Lol I have had enough of it in the media let alone football sites.Im sick of it.They are like the Duracell bunnies mate,on & on & on they rabbit 🙂

  • Rob4681 says:

    Think we should try Nabil Fekir from Lyon, good young striker would have been an almost shoe in for the France squad if not for a bad injury, but seems to have recovered from it. Benteke can do one!

  • essexclarets says:

    Why is every french stricker being linked with us this summer? The barcodes went down the french route & that hasn’t turned out too great has it.. £30m+ for a player who couldn’t make the french euro squad?
    Just as i thought would happen, every club in the world know the PL clubs are going to be awash with extra TV £££ so suddenly every players value goes through the roof. So thanks to the greed of the clubs & Sky’s stupidity football has imho taken another step towards implosion. There will be a time when someone along the food chain will pull the plug & football will be f**ked..

  • bubs says:

    Just go for Wilson and buy English,
    Why has Igaloo of Watford gone off everyone’s radar ?
    Dezko is to old and to much like AC,Benteke is good but not worth the money Liverpoor want or his wages,
    Barhino is worth a punt at £15 million,Slav can get his brain in the right zone and he has the talent,
    Ayew of Villa would be worth a gamble for £7 million also

  • TRB says:

    West Ham must keep Sakho.

    • Max Willow says:

      I agree; keep Sakho (double his weekly wages of 27,000 pounds/week) and give some thought to young (22) Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar) as a ‘squad’ striker. Alternatively, Walcott or Bony would be useful choices for the 3rd striker signing.

      Best ‘marquue signings’; hard to tell, but I like Batshuayi, Icardi, & Bacca.

      So try and sign 2 marquee strikers (2 of the 3 mentioned above), & Janssen as a 3rd forward.

      If we could keep Sakho, and together with AC, we’d have a pretty good squad of 5 strikers who can be rotated through a long season.

  • LJ says:

    Why oh why are we even considering benteke. I dont understand it.

    Surely worth trying to get Lukaku instead. He clear is interested in a project (thats why he moved to everton). He wants champions league football yes but we maybe able to give him that in a couple years hopefully!

  • johnboy says:

    Keep sakho !!! Up wages to 50 g .! Simples ??

    Vote leave Mr pastry .!! The icing on the cake mate ! Its about sovereignty and not corporate socialism dictatorship . Under the guise of free trade capitalism !
    This is bigger than football , huge day for the right to keep our country safe in our own hands ! All those voting to stay need a lesson in history and not hang out with uneducated idiots like lineker who only serve themselves , traitors !!!!!

    • Johnboy already voted that way mate as for the name I’m just a reformed rabid dog who’s decided that a bit of banter with fellow fans on C+H like I’ve done for the last year is the way to go , until the time comes when some will no doubt crawl out the woodwork and attack Slav the players and the club again!

  • Antman says:

    Sell Sakho,stroppy,overated & injury prone.Carroll overated,injury prone,Valencia massively overated & injury prone.How many seasons do you lot want to go through the same situation of Coles,Jelavics & Emenikes standing in for these players.Its a joke.

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