Five Walcott alternatives for West Ham to look at this summer

Slaven Bilic might just be one of the most ambitious managers in the league at the minute. The former Besiktas boss has been splashing cash like a child splashes in a sugar-crazed water park moment of excitement.

With the move to the Olympic Stadium imminent, it looks as though the two Davids – who are adamant the club can continue to compete at the top of league – will invest heavily again this summer. Occasional links to Theo Walcott will continue, but, if the Gunner cannot be lured into a move across London, as it seems may be the case, there will need to be other options for the Hammers.

Bilic clearly needs more width in his squad and, although Payet can fill in from the wing, he would hope to have players who can allow the French star to play centrally.

Fortunately, we have done a bit of scouting for Bilic.¬†Here are a few wingers and a few forwards, we reckon these FIVE could be decent options…

Marko Arnautovic

Stoke’s top goalscorer and star player must be getting a little tired of being let down by the rest of his team.

The winger is almost perfect for the Hammers’ current needs and, if required, can play as a central striker, too. A powerful runner and direct finisher, the Austrian will be there for all to see this summer with his national team.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata looks set to have Jose Mourinho misguide his career once again.

After selling the Spaniard when he moved to Chelsea, Mourinho is almost guaranteed to offload the superb creator once again and it could be time for Mata to look to a team where he can become a central figure once again.

Hardly a direct alternative to Walcott, Mata would take some of the playmaking strain off of Payet.

Andros Townsend

Some Hammers may not be too keen on bringing in a player that has recently been rejected by Spurs, but Andros Townsend possesses the pace and ability to the extraordinary that West Ham are in dire need of.

Newcastle’s relegation may make Townsend consider a move away from the north east and he would certainly provide an outlet for the Irons.

Kevin Gameiro

Unlike Walcott, Gameiro has had his fair share of opportunities as a central striker and made that position his own at Sevilla.

The Europa League winners would be reluctant to let their star striker go, particularly after he netted 25 goals in European and league football last season. Gameiro would offer West Ham intelligent movement and sharp finishing that they have often lacked from their questionable centre forwards.

Giacomo Bonaventura

AC Milan’s attacking midfield player is a tricky creator who can create chances from the most difficult of opportunities.

Although his finishing is not as reliable as some other alternatives – including Theo Walcott – Bonaventura is a dribbling sensation and he averaged 2.3 dribbles per Serie A game last season.