West Ham eye summer swoop for Kalinic

According to El Desmarque, West Ham United are one of a number of clubs considering a move for experienced forward Nikola Kalinic in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be in the market for a new centre-forward this summer, despite the presence of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll in the final third of the field.

Carroll could well leave the London Stadium this summer, whilst there remains speculation surrounding the future of Hernandez, who helped Mexico record a famous 1-0 win over Germany at the 2018 World Cup on Sunday afternoon.

According to El Desmarque, the Hammers are considering a move for Kalinic, although they will face competition from a number of clubs.

Kalinic spent last season on loan at AC Milan from Fiorentina, and it is understood that the San Siro giants will sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

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However, according to El Desmarque, the 30-year-old could then be immediately sold, with West Ham considering an approach ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Would Kalinic be a good signing?

Kalinic has previous experience of playing in the Premier League having turned out for Blackburn Rovers between 2009 and 2011 – scoring seven Premier League goals.

Last term, meanwhile, the forward managed six goals in 41 appearances for Milan.

There is no question that Kalinic has talent, but West Ham would be better off looking elsewhere for a new striker in this summer’s transfer window.

Indeed, Kalinic’s temperament has been called into question on a number of occasions, and according to 24sata, the forward will play no further part for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup having refused to come off the bench against Nigeria at the weekend.

West Ham had enough controversy in the second half of last season, and should steer clear of a move for Kalinic.

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