West Ham should forget Rondon and sign Batshuayi

SkyBet have placed West Ham United as the favourites to sign West Bromwich Albion forward Salomon Rondon this summer, but the Hammers should be looking at a move for Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi.

What’s the story?

Rondon is widely expected to leave West Brom this summer following their relegation to the Championship, and it is understood that the centre-forward will be available for a figure in the region of £16m.


Newcastle United have been strongly linked with the 28-year-old, but it has been reported that the Magpies have been priced out of a move.

SkyBet have West Ham as the favourites to sign the Venezuela international, who scored 10 times in 40 appearances for West Brom during the 2017-18 campaign.

There is no question that Rondon is good enough to operate in the Premier League, and it would not be a surprise to see him earn a move to a top-flight club this summer.

West Ham, however, should reignite their interest in Chelsea forward Batshuayi, who was linked with a loan move to the London Stadium during the winter transfer window.

Why Batshuayi?

Batshuayi, who is currently with the Belgium squad at the 2018 World Cup, scored 10 times in 25 appearances for Chelsea in the first half of last season before joining Borussia Dortmund on loan for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 24-year-old scored seven times in 10 Bundesliga appearances upon his arrival at Dortmund as he showed that he is more than capable of being a success at the top level when given a regular run.

As it stands, Batshuayi will return to Chelsea for pre-season training next month, but West Ham should make a strong play to try and sign the centre-forward this summer.

The Hammers would be able to offer the Belgian the chance of regular first-team action, and he could prove to be a serious success under the management of Manuel Pellegrini.

It remains to be seen whether Batshuayi, who is valued at £36m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is open to the move, but it would be a wonderful signing for West Ham.