Is this a realistic transfer for West Ham?

Carlos Tevez has been in excellent form for Juventus this season. The Turin club are currently top of the table courtesy of Tevez’s 10 goals so far, the best scoring figures in Serie A at the moment.

He has also notched up five assists, suggesting that Tevez has not lost the form which turned him into one of the most threatening strikers in the Premier League.

Despite his current spell at Juventus going incredibly well, he recently announced that he would not be extending his current contract, a deal which expires in 2016.

“I said I wanted to fulfil my contract and that’s my idea, I’m not thinking of signing an extension because that’s not how I feel at the moment,” Tevez admitted.

“As I always said, my idea is to complete my contract. Everyone knows I said so from the moment I arrived at Juve.”

Tevez’s recent comments suggest that he feels his time at Juventus is nearing an end and his reluctance to sign a new deal could mean that he will leave the Italian club in the summer. One of his most likely destinations would be a return to his homeland, playing for Boca Juniors. However, he has also been linked with a shock return to West Ham United, a place where he is idolised after his excellent form for the club guided them to Premier League safety in the 2006/07 season.

Although it would be a tough ask for David Gold and David Sullivan to bring in a player of Carlos Tevez’s magnitude, stranger things have happened. If the striker does decide that he wants to leave in the summer, a return to the Premier League could be an exciting prospect for him, but a lot depends on how much West Ham can achieve this season.

If the East London club find themselves playing European football next season, the likelihood of attracting a name like Tevez to the club automatically becomes more likely.

The other advantage for Tevez is his love for West Ham. The Argentinian has always expressed his appreciation for the club that first introduced him to European football. Upon a recent return to Upton Park in an international friendly for Argentina, Tevez told whufc.com what the club means to him: “I’m very, very thankful for everything, I’m No.1 West Ham fan for ever, because of the way they welcomed me, the love they showed me and everything, it was my first time in Europe and they made me who I am today.

“I will always be very thankful to West Ham fans and I’ll be West Ham’s No.1 fan.”

The Argentinian forward is only 30-years-old so he will still be able to produce consistently at the top level for a few years yet. The problem for West Ham is trying to lure him back to east London instead of returning to Buenos Aires. The owners will be looking to make a marquee signing ahead of the final season at Upton Park before the switch to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Therefore, Tevez may be attracted by the idea of becoming the face of West Ham’s bid to reach the next level in club football, returning to a club he knows well and is very fond of.

Although a deal at this moment in time looks unlikely, Carlos Tevez is no stranger to a surprise transfer. Juventus will be desperate to keep hold of him but his reluctance to sign a new deal suggests he has already made up his mind. If West Ham can cough up the wages for their former striker, a transfer fee will not be astronomical due to the striker entering the last few months of his contract.

If an attractive offer is made for Carlos Tevez, it could lead to a sensational return to the Boleyn Ground, causing Tevez to reunite with the Hammers faithful who have never forgotten what he did for the club back in 2007.