It’s no secret that West Ham United are interested in landing a new centre-forward this summer but a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests the club have added a foolish target to their shortlist in the shape of Liverpool outcast Daniel Sturridge.
The essence of the report claims that Tottenham Hotspur are expected to rival the Hammers for Maxi Gomez in the summer, but a list of alternatives to the Celta Vigo hitman are also provided.
Indeed, West Ham are reportedly expected to oversee something of an overhaul in attack with Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez all expected to leave the club.
A handful of potential new signings that could be brought into the club include: Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jean-Kevin Augustin and, intriguingly, Sturridge.
Liverpool’s frustrating centre-forward is a phenomenal talent on his day but his career has been blighted by torrid injury problems.
There is almost no question that he could have become a top player at Anfield if he’d avoided the multitude of issues which have plagued his career, and his return of 77 Premier League goals and 30 assists from 216 appearances certainly attests to that.
But he is a target that should be scratched off the shortlist as he would merely represent another Andy Carroll in east London: a financially draining and unreliable centre-forward with glass legs.
The Hammers clearly have some cash to play with but that is no excuse for making a lazy signing based on a reputation from a bygone era. Simply put, Sturridge is no longer the player he once was and doesn’t possess the reliability or the ability to spearhead Pellegrini’s attack on a consistent basis.
David Gold and David Sullivan have thrown enough money down the drain on one injury-prone absentee over the years, so they cannot make the same mistake by moving for the 29-year-old this summer, even if he is expected to be available on a free transfer when his contract expires.