Rondon offers everything Carroll can and his fitness is much more reliable

West Ham United are battling two of their London rivals for the signature of Salomon Rondon, of recently-relegated West Bromwich Albion, according to a report by the Daily Mirror. 

What’s the story, then?

The Mirror report that the Hammers will have to beat competition from London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur if they are to land the 28-year-old target man.

They also claim that Rondon has a £16m release clause following the Baggies’ demotion to the Championship and that the striker is one of few players Darren Moore is resigned to losing this summer.

Rondon is simply a better bet than Carroll

When he’s fit, Andy Carroll offers aerial qualities that are a nightmare for any defence to deal with but he is simply injured far too often to be relied upon.

Also, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to improve the style of football on show at the London Stadium, there is less calling for a target man who is as old school in his approach, with refinement the order of the day.

Rondon still offers heading ability, but married with hold-up play, pace and power, he is a much better fit for what the former Manchester City manager is trying to do.

Essentially, it has reached the point where it doesn’t matter how good Carroll is, he is simply not fit long enough to be relied upon as an integral part of a team that has genuine aspirations of being upwardly mobile.