West Ham consider move for Weghorst

According to RTV Oost, West Ham United are one of a number of clubs interested in signing AZ Alkmaar forward Wout Weghorst in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Bringing a new striker to the London Stadium is believed to be a priority for West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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It would be fair to say that the Hammers were too reliant on Marko Arnautovic in the second half of last season, while the futures of Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll are up in the air.

According to RTV Oost, West Ham have been impressed with the performances of 25-year-old Weghorst, who scored 27 times in 37 appearances for his Dutch outfit last term.

Weghorst, who has also made three appearances for Netherlands in 2018, is widely expected to leave AZ this summer, although a number of Bundesliga clubs are also said to be in the race.

What are Weghorst’s credentials?

Standing at 6ft 6in, Weghorst is an absolute mountain of a man. Strong in the air and boasting a fierce strike, he has the potential to be a star in the Premier League.

There are plenty of examples of Dutch forwards that have struggled in English football, but Weghost’s record of 45 goals in 86 appearances for AZ simply cannot be ignored.

Valued at £6.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk, it is unlikely that West Ham would have to break the bank for the striker, and his arrival could finally signal the end of Carroll’s career at the London Stadium.

Carroll, who was linked with Chelsea in January, only managed three goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last term during another frustrating season.

The 29-year-old could well be deemed surplus to requirements by Pellegrini this summer, and the arrival of Weghorst – if the move occurs – would surely push the Englishman out of the door.