David Sullivan should strive to seal a deal for Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos this summer as West Ham United will be on alert to his potential availability.
That’s the view of former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who has told Football Insider that the London Stadium hierarchy will have their eyes on Morelos ahead of the next transfer window.
The Hammers are expected to be active in the off-season looking to improve David Moyes’ offensive options, after he opted against using the £20m raised from Sebastien Haller’s exit to sign a replacement that he “wasn’t sure about” in the winter.
Morelos revealed to Colombian network Caracol Radio last weekend that one of his “big dreams” is to make a move to the Premier League one day, having been tracked by clubs such as Liverpool previously.
Seven of the 24-year-old’s strikes and eight of his 12 assists for the term have even come in 11 fixtures since the turn of the year, as he took his performances to another level.
Robinson expects his efforts will have Premier League suitors on alert, and that only the offer of a lucrative pay rise will keep the £33,000-per-week forward at Ibrox.
“It is not a secret – Premier League clubs have been looking at him and I think West Ham will be keeping an eye on him,” Robinson claimed. “It is a move that Morelos will have to weigh up. If Rangers financially reward him and offer him Premier League level wages, then he may stay.
“Do you want to play in the Premier League with West Ham, or do you want to win more trophies at Rangers? Steven Gerrard is building something special there and I think it is going to be a really exciting club to be a part of over the next few years.”
If West Ham’s talent spotters have cast a view towards Rangers in recent months, they will no doubt have been impressed by Morelos’ efforts under Gerrard that have helped fire the Glasgow giants into the Last 16 of the Europa League.
Morelos registered six assists over the two Round of 32 legs with Royal Antwerp last month, while scoring once as the Gers won 9-5 on aggregate and currently sit level at 1-1 with Slavia Prague for a place in the quarter-finals.
His goals have not been the defining factor in Rangers’ successful Premiership title quest, with James Tavernier (11) and Kemar Roofe (10) writing their names on the scoresheet as often as the 24-year-old (10).
But that’s not to say he would not make a decisive difference at the London Stadium, where Moyes could reap the rewards of Gerrard polishing the edges of a rough diamond previously plagued by disciplinary issues and a habit of earning red cards.
Morelos has racked up 43 yellow cards, four second bookings and three straight reds in 174 games for Rangers, but has only been cautioned seven times this term and is yet to be given his marching orders in any competition.
Gerrard still expects the forward to reach another level with his performances on the pitch, too, even though he already gives more than just goals.
“When you are talking about a talent like Alfredo, people automatically just judge him on goals. But as his manager who works with him every day, I think he has evolved in the time he has been here,” Gerrard said, via quotes by The Glasgow Times.
“We have tried to support him and guide him, because people forget how old he was when he arrived and how old he is now. He is still at a stage in his career where he can get better, physically, mentally, tactically and technically.
“There are still big compartments of his game that he can improve. That’s the exciting thing. But there is no doubt he has evolved. He has improved his link-up play, improved tactically without the ball in terms of what the team needs and demands from him.”
West Ham’s actual interest in Morelos remains to be seen, but Sullivan could do far worse than looking to raid Rangers now that the 10-cap Colombian has won a Premiership title.