Report: Hammers linked with Juve striker

The Hammers are being linked with yet another new striker target this morning in the shape of former Chelsea front man Gonzalo Higuain.

According to Sky Sport Italia, West Ham have proposed a season-long loan deal to bring him to the London Stadium after the 31-year-old spent the final four months of last season on loan at Stamford Bridge.

He scored five goals in 18 matches for the Blues and after failing to get a permanent move went back to Italy where he now has two years left on his contract.

Former Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly wanted by fellow Londoners West Ham

It’s claimed Juventus would prefer to sell the striker outright and are said to value him at around £40million. West Ham’s loan offer would likely include an option to buy.

ClaretandHugh says: No doubt the first thing that will be mentioned about such a move is: “He’s too old” but the reality is that 31 or not Higuian has a superb scoring record throughout his career. It totals 242 from 431 games and even last season, which was disturbed by loan moves to Milan and Chelsea, he managed 11 from 25 appearances. In the three seasons at Napoli between 2013-16 he managed 71 from 104. With younger top line strikers inevitably looking for Champions League football a move for Higuian on loan looks a decent plan but doesn’t solve the big problem still facing the club following Arnautovic’s near walk out. Maybe it was naive to believe that he would ever see out any more time on his extended contract but the reality is it has left a hole that gives the club less than a month to sort the front positions. As a back-up front man Higuian obviously makes some sense.


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8 comments on “Report: Hammers linked with Juve striker

  1. I’m tired of al! This ,,the way we conduct ourselves in the market is bad ..we either don’t offer enough or it’s payment over a period to long and now we are going for higauin who is getting old and prob won’t come anyway.. 1 month to go and no strikers..we have been here before and I’m sick of it ..time to stop reading for a,while , with the lack of comments I think most hammerrs feel the same ……what a shambles

  2. From haller to higuain if this is true then honestly were going backwards… hes been terrible for years… no confidence as a striker, another one to the list of terrible strikers

  3. Should a deal come to pass…

    On loan He might help attract other players to the project.

    Reputation wise he would be the best striker that the club has had since maybe Sherringham.

    One off season at Chelsea doesnt mean he wont score goals for us. They dont play the same way we do. The amount of service and quality of chances would be better in theory.

    Up to a point age means nothing to me, what matters is consistently getting into high league positions, then using that as a jumping off point for better quality young players . Obviously I’m not advocating getting in “past it” players, but then hes not.

  4. The longer it takes to get a top draw striker through the door, the more desperate the search will become. Surely moves were being made for alternative signings at the same time, not just Gomez, Gomez & Gomez??

  5. Triple H. Higuan, Hernandez & Haller. OMW how can you not be excited by that. Best strike force we have ever had…

  6. Doe.s it really matter which striker we get as long as he gets the goals who cares

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