West Ham line up potential Higuain deal

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West Ham United are lining up a potential move for Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain, per Gianluca Di Marzio.

What’s the word?

The Hammers have been left thin in the striking department after losing Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG and also letting both Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll depart the club.

Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini currently has just Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill to call on as his out-and-out striking options.

And Di Marzio reports that the Juventus striker has now emerged as a target.

Higuain spent the second half of last season on loan at the Blues and scored just five Premier League goals, with two coming against Huddersfield Town, who ultimately finished 20th.

The Italian club are said to be keen to recoup €40m (£35.9m) for the 31-year-old but the Hammers have offered a loan deal.

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A desperate attempt

This is a tragic move from the Hammers.

Higuain is approaching the twilight of his career and proved in 2018/19 that he does not have the required skill-set to thrive in the Premier League.

And yet here the Irons are, attempting to convince him to return to England.

It would be a move borne out of necessity and those never seem to end well.

Indeed, Higuain would not be a low-cost acquisition and is, in actuality, unlikely to make any sort of impact in east London if his spell at Stamford Bridge is anything to go by.

The Irons should look elsewhere.