West Ham have been offered the chance to sign an available striker in a late and desperate deadline day twist…
According to beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri, former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is an option for David Moyes’ side, he tweeted:
Diego Costa has been proposed to West Ham
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 1, 2021
It comes several hours after transfer analyst Kristian Stuart mooted the London Stadium as the ‘most likely’ destination for the out-of-contract veteran.
And given he’s not under contract anywhere, the Hammers do not have to get this over the line before tonight’s 11pm deadline, though it would still signal an act of desperation on the Irons’ part as they have had all month to secure a new striker.
Indeed, the east Londoners have been looking to replace Sebastian Haller after the club-record £45m signing left for Ajax in a £20m deal at the start of the month.
Right now, Moyes is living rather precariously as he only has Michail Antonio to call upon in attack. If the 30-year-old were to pick up an injury, it could certainly derail the good form that’s seen them rise into fifth place.
He has already missed eight league outings this term, so there’s always a risk he could miss more given his history.
Costa would be an interesting solution at this stage as there cannot be many other options out there this late – or after the window. The 32-year-old powerhouse has bags of experience in the top-flight.
He made 120 appearances for Chelsea, of which 89 were in the Premier League, where he bagged 52 goals – a rate of a goal every 1.7 matches in the competition, via Transfermarkt.
Earlier in the window, when Costa was initially linked, Paul Merson delivered his verdict on the potential move, claiming that he’d be “perfect for West Ham, absolutely perfect” to Sky Sports News [1:03 pm, January 2nd, 2021].
At this stage of the window, it is a case of getting someone in regardless of the quality, so in some ways Merson is right. Costa is the only ‘perfect’ option out there right now.
At least he valuable experience in the English top-flight, unlike several of their other mooted targets this month.
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