Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood has called on the Irons to sign Graziano Pelle in the January transfer window.
The Hammers made a loss on Sebastien Haller by selling him to Ajax for £20.25m and as a result, they’re now looking for cheaper replacements in the market.
Harewood has already declared that Boulaye Dia would be a good signing for the Hammers but it’s been reported that West Ham have made an offer for the Frenchman but it was one that falls a little way short of Reims’ valuation.
Another striker they could try their luck for is ex-Southampton man, Pelle. TuttoMercatoWeb claims that West Ham have made an interesting proposal to the Italian who is currently available on a free transfer.
That being said, he also has interest from teams in the United Arab Emirates.
Though, speaking exclusively to FFC this week, Harewood declared that Pelle should be the one for West Ham, citing his abilities to hold-up the play and score goals.
He said: “Out all of the players (they’ve been linked with) it’s hard to just pick up on Pelle but he seems to be the one. He’s done really well for Southampton and he’s a good striker. I like him. He’s solid, he can hold the ball up. He brings people into play and can get in behind people.”
Harewood continued: “I’ve seen him play quite a few times in the Premier League. We’ll see. It’s exciting stuff at the same time because it’s always nice to get new people into the club, especially when they’re strikers, because everyone gets excited. Everyone wants them to do well and score goals.”
Pelle scored 23 times in 68 Premier League appearances for Southampton which certainly isn’t a bad record. He netted some eye-catching strikes for the Saints but at the age of 35, he’s now at the wrong end of his career.
Despite that, the Italy international has continued to find the back of the net in Chinese football. During a spell with Shandong Luneng Taishan, he beat the goalkeeper on 63 occasions in 133 outings.
Pelle is currently without a club so he’d represent a cut-price option for David Moyes this month and Harewood seems to think that he is a player worth bringing in to the club.