Seemingly safe yet facing a real battle to finish inside the top half, West Ham’s season feels like its over already – and thus, most Hammers fans – and their manager – are already looking ahead to the summer transfer window.
The east London outfit’s recruitment last summer verged upon disastrous but the club will be determined to not make the same mistake this time around, with the focus likely to shift from quantity to quality.
And one such reported target who certainly fulfils the latter remit is Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, with The Express claiming manager Slaven Bilic has dropped the strongest hint yet that the crocked striker is his top summer target.
“We are going to see. We have our list of strikers. If you go back two or three seasons [Sturridge] was unbelievable. You can still see it when he plays. He plays very rarely but I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day. He came on and, with a couple of passes, he broke their defence. He split them up with that great pass.”
No doubt, the 25-cap England international is a phenomenal talent and dangerously potent when in top form, boasting 45 in 84 Premier League appearances for the Reds, but he comes with one obvious drawback – his constant injury problems.
Indeed, having managed just 29 top flight outings over the last two seasons, Strurridge’s injury record is comparable to a current West Ham striker in Andy Carroll – an integral asset for the Irons when fully fit, but a burden on the wage bill when he’s not.
So, Hammers fans, would you back a summer transfer bid for Sturridge, or is he yet another crocked star who’ll cause as many problems as he solves? Let us know by voting below!