In Focus: Luis Muriel should not be West Ham’s first choice striker target

According to reports in The Sun, West Ham United are lining up a move for £24m-rated Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel, although they could face competition from La Liga side Sevilla for his signature according to Football.London.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Irons manager Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen his attacking options this summer and has been linked with moves for a number of strikers, including Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

However, the Croatian could turn his attentions to Muriel, who has a release clause of £24m that the Hammers are willing to meet, according to The Sun.

The Colombia international only signed a new contract with Sampdoria recently but it appears as though it was so they could create a bidding war for the 26-year-old.

Sevilla are another club interested in Muriel according to Football.London, and they are also ready to pay Muriel’s release clause.

How did he do last season?

The striker enjoyed an impressive season for the Serie A outfit after scoring 13 goals and providing a further nine assists in 33 appearances in all competitions.

In total, Muriel has netted 24 times in 84 outings for Sampdoria after initially joining them on loan from Udinese in January 2015.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, but the Irons also need to be wary of buying him.

While he is pacey, a good dribbler and can obviously finish – something the club is crying out for – the Irons have been hit with dodgy striker signings in the past – think Simone Zaza last summer – and they have to be sure that Muriel can definitely adapt to the Premier League.

Where would he fit into the West Ham side?

Muriel is a centre-forward and that would certainly be his preferred position, but if the Irons do sign Olivier Giroud for example, the Colombia international could play as a secondary striker or even on the wing because of his pace and dribbling ability.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, there is no doubt that the fact that West Ham are known to be in the market for a striker means they are being linked with a number of players.

While the likes of Iheanacho and Giroud should be their top targets, Muriel could be a good addition if they can’t sign their preferred choices.

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