West Ham must move for Aleksandar Mitrovic instead of Maxi Gomez

According to The Mirror, West Ham United are considering a move for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Mitrovic spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham before joining the Cottagers on a permanent deal from Newcastle United last summer.

The 24-year-old has been unable to prevent Fulham from dropping straight back into the Championship, but his form during the 2018-19 campaign has been good.

Indeed, the striker has netted 10 Premier League goals for Scott Parker’s side, which is a brilliant return when considering the team’s struggles this season.

It seems unlikely that Fulham will be able to keep hold of the Serbia international this summer and, according to The Mirror, West Ham are interested.

Football.london report that Mario Husillos and Pellegrini have identified Gomez as a priority signing, but they should forget the Uruguay international and sign Mitrovic instead.

Why would Mitrovic be the better fit?

There is no question that Gomez is a talent. Indeed, the striker has scored 11 La Liga goals for a struggling Celta team during the 2018-19 campaign.

The 22-year-old is untried in England, however, and it would be a big risk for West Ham to shell out a sizeable price for a player who could take a while to settle, if he does at all.

Mitrovic, on the other hand, knows the English game and has proved that he can score goals at the top level.

West Ham will be in the market for a new striker this summer as Andy Carroll prepares to move on, whilst Marko Arnautovic could also finally leave.

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Newcastle did not want Mitrovic, but it is not too difficult to understand why West Ham are interested in a summer deal.

And Hammers head coach Manuel Pellegrini should insist that Mitrovic and not Gomez is the club’s number one attacking target ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign.