Strikers linked with West Ham
FootyOn assess which of the strikers linked with West Ham United would suit best ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Hammers have struggled for goals due to injuries in attack.
Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and other forwards have all had spells on the sidelines this season.
Slaven Bilic’s boys are a best-priced 11/4 chances with Sky Bet for a top 10 Premier League finish this term.
This lack of cutting edge up front means gossip columns are full of strikers linked with West Ham.
Here, we assess which of those mentioned in dispatches would suit the Hammers.
Chelsea misfit Batshuayi has had to play second fiddle to Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge since arriving in London.
Prolific for Marseille last season, the 23-year-old may need a move to revive his career.
If rumoured Hammers interest is true, then he could remain in the capital.
Batshuayi will be hungry to prove Antonio Conte should give him more chances, but may need to do it across town.
Recalled England frontman Defoe began his career at West Ham, and could suffer relegation with Sunderland despite his best efforts.
Still banging the goals in aged 34, diminutive Defoe has that knack of playing in-behind with clever movement.
Whether Bilic would be prepared to bring him in a short-term fix remains to be seen, however.
Sky Bet have a market on Defoe’s next club and the Hammers are 2/1 chances to sign him before September 3.
A surprising omission from France’s recent roster was Lyon striker Lacazette.
The 25-year-old looks set to break the 30-goal barrier for his club for the second time in his career.
Without the investment of old, Lyon’s ambitions are limited and they have consistently sold their best players since.
Having a crack at the Premier League sooner or later may appeal to Lacazette, though West Ham will have to pay a premium to get him.
As Hammers boss Bilic is Croatian, it’s inevitable that compatriot Mandzukic gets a mention.m
Current club Juventus have shunted him out to the wing, and that is not where his physical gifts are best used.
If anyone knows how to get the best out of Mandzukic, it will surely be former national boss Bilic who gave him his Blazers bow.
Should West Ham sign him, then Mandzukic will follow in the footsteps of Croatia legend Davor Suker.
Plenty of press reports claim the Hammers are interested in signing Manchester United captain Rooney, 31.
He’s scored 12 career goals against them, including this memorable 55-yarder:
Sky Bet go 10/1 that Rooney signs for West Ham this summer, but is he over the hill?
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is seldom using him these days.
Injury-prone Liverpool striker Sturridge is clearly not fancied by Jurgen Klopp.
The writing is on the wall regarding his future prospects at Anfield.
Would the Hammers be willing to take a chance on signing Sturridge?
Sky Bet offer odds of 7/2 for him to sign for West Ham before the transfer window closes.
If he proves his fitness, then it could prove an inspired addition.
Defoe is only a quick fix for the Hammers and they may be keen on a longer-term investment.
Sturridge comes with no guarantees he won’t break down injured yet again.
Rooney has previously said he won’t play for another English club over than Man Utd and Everton.
That leaves Bilic with foreign options; if money is no object, then Lacazette is the one.
Should he prove too expensive, however, then Batshuayi perhaps initially on loan could fit the bill.
Despite his past with Mandzukic, Bilic may be stung by buying from Italian again after how Simone Zaza flopped.