Former Premier League player Dean Windass, while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, has urged West Ham United to sign Diego Costa after he was released by Atletico Madrid.
The 32-year-old was due to reach the end of his £265,000-per-week contract in the summer but struck an agreement with the La Liga side to tear up his deal, having been a fringe player for much of the campaign.
Costa cited personal reasons behind his decision to walk away from the Spanish top-flight leaders, and has since been linked with a return to the Premier League three years after leaving Chelsea in a deal worth close to £57m.
Costa would love to move back to England after spending four years at Stamford Bridge and snubbed offers from clubs in Brazil and Turkey the day of his Atleti exit, as he enjoys the atmosphere of playing in the Premier League.
Windass would urge West Ham to show an interest in Costa’s situation whilst he weighs up potential offers, as the £9m-rated hitman may be the prolific centre-forward David Moyes has been without this season.
“Moyes has done a fantastic job this season but not had a prolific goalscorer, a number nine, so he could be a good fit for West Ham,” Windass told Football FanCast.
“He’s a top player and I enjoyed watching, and I was very surprised when he left Chelsea.”
Midfield star Tomas Soucek is currently West Ham’s top-scorer with five goals in 17 Premier League games, edging Jarrod Bowen’s four and Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller on three.
Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers are believed to be interested in a deal to sign Costa, who had scored just twice in seven appearances during an injury-ravished campaign that saw the 32-year-old sidelined with muscle and leg injuries prior to his release.
Juventus are also thought to be among the clutch of clubs monitoring Costa’s situation, with the 24-cap former Spain international not allowed to join FC Barcelona or Real Madrid due to a clause inserted in his Atletico exit settlement.
Diego Simeone expects Costa to be able to secure a move to a top side this month, noting via quotes by Goal: “We love Diego, we have spent a lot of time together in the best way, we gave each other a lot and we have talked with him.
“He also has the need to find new challenges because he is well, strong and I cannot imagine another scenario other than him going on to do good things, because he is a fighter.”
Costa scored 58 goals in 120 games for Chelsea, including 52 in 89 Premier League games that helped the Stamford Bridge natives clinch the title in 2014/15 and 2016/17.