West Ham held an interest in signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea in the summer and could be given a chance to land his signature in January, according to Transfer Market Web.
Manuel Pellegrini splashed in excess of £100m in the summer to rejuvenate the West Ham side he inherited but has so far struggled to see improvements on the field, although Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Everton has relieved the pressure.
The biggest concern for the Hammers is the lack of a top-class natural forward in their side, with Marko Arnautovic continue to fill the void with Javier Hernandez hardly setting the world alight following his transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
According to Transfer Market Web, Pellegrini was keen on signing Chelsea misfit Alvaro Morata in the summer and could be given a fresh opportunity to sign the Spain international on loan when the window reopens in January.
West Ham’s struggles to find a natural and clinical centre-forward have been pressing for a while, with the reliance on Arnautovic becoming a huge concern despite the fine performances of the Austria international in the past year.
While he continues to find the net, West Ham need another attacking outlet to relieve the pressure on Arnautovic and marquee signing Felipe Anderson has so far struggled to fill that role, although Andriy Yarmolenko opened his account at the weekend.
All three aforementioned players though are not natural centre-forwards and the signing of Morata on loan could unleash the full potential of the trio, with the Spain international potentially leading the line ahead of an attacking midfield trio of Arnautovic, Anderson and Yarmolenko – with the former playing in a No.10 role.