West Ham must sign Konstantinos Mitroglou despite Fulham failings

West Ham United are pondering over a loan deal that would bring Konstantinos Mitroglou to the London Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

Former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou is currently at Marseille having joined the French side in the summer of 2017 from Benfica, after rebuilding his career at the Estadio da Luz.

His time at Les Phoceens is not going too badly either, having scored three goals in both the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France so far, on top of 13 last season.

Marseille, however, are looking to restructure their wage bill and deem the striker an acceptable loss in January, leading to reports in the Daily Mail that he could be off on loan to West Ham.

Unfinished business in England

Injuries crippled the Greek international’s time in the Premier League, something West Ham fans know too well about with Andy Carroll regularly on the physio’s table.

Without the striker back-ups to call on, Manuel Pellegrini often only has Marko Arnautovic to lead the line for the claret and blue side – which makes the Hammers looking to bring in another striking option a sensible move.

A loan deal for Mitroglou would give the Irons another option up top without having to adapt the team’s game plan too drastically, and would push Arnautovic to up his performances to ensure he stays in Pellegrini’s starting XI.

Mitroglou’s time of note at Fulham also lasted just half a term having joined in the 2014 January window before being shipped out on loan back to his former side Olympiacos in the summer. Upon returning, another temporary move followed to Benfica, who opted to buy the international forward in 2016.

Just six months in the Premier League, but mostly out injured, leaves the striker with unfinished business that could help fire the Irons up the table having registered a little over a goal every game on average.