West Ham unlikely to move for Costa this summer

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West Ham United have little interest in signing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid this summer, per ClaretandHugh.

What’s the word?

The ex-Chelsea striker has been linked with a return to the Premier League after scoring just twice in La Liga last season and Everton have been credited with an interest.

A report from the Daily Mirror claimed that the Hammers were also keen on bringing the Spain international back to England.

But ClaretandHugh, the trusted West Ham news source, insists that the club are not set to bid for the 30-year-old.

They quote a source who says: “I can’t see that happening. He has shown he can cause issues and perhaps he’s not the player he once was.”

An alternative lined up?

West Ham had better have a decent alternative, here.

Costa has scored goals at the highest level throughout his career and won two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, netting 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues.

There can be few strikers with as much talent available this summer.

The Mirror do not mention a fee but there will seldom be such a player on offer in the transfer window.

As it is, the Irons currently have just Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill up front.

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They need to strengthen and a deal for Costa would set the Irons apart, having signed one of the most fearsome forwards in Europe.

This is a baffling decision, then, unless the Irons somehow find a more accomplished forward.

Spoiler alert: They won’t.