According to reports, West Ham remain interested in signing former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko in this January transfer window.
With Sebastien Haller having left the club after a rather disappointing spell at the London Stadium, the Hammers have been linked with a number of strikers across Europe.
AS Roma forward Dzeko has been one such a name, with reports claiming in recent days and weeks that David Moyes’ side have been the offered the chance to sign the 34-year-old via some intermediaries.
Now, Italian publication La Repubblica claim that whilst Dzeko is looking to join a team that is fighting for a title, West Ham are still “always at the window”.
Dzeko’s proven goal-scoring record in the Premier League – he bagged 50 times in the competition in his time at City – is something former Newcastle man Rob Lee is a big fan of, claiming that the Hammers could desperately do with someone who might be more of a guarantee of goals.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “I think he’d be a great, great signing for anybody. I read the other day that West Ham have wasted €200m on strikers in the last 10 years, and you look and they probably have and Haller was another massive loss for them.
“We’ve had some great players come over and fail miserably. They’ll be brilliant in the Spanish league or the Italian league. Edin Dzeko has proven he can score goals in the Premier League. He can score goals anywhere. So, even with his age, you’re still guaranteeing goals. And that’s what you want from your centre-forward, you want goals. I don’t care how old he is if he’s scoring goals.”
And at former clubs City and VfL Wolfsburg, Dzeko was more than comfortable playing alongside another striker, combining with Sergio Aguero for 17 goals between them, and then an impressive 26 with Grafite with the Bundesliga club.
At West Ham, Dzeko could be an intriguing option to play alongside Antonio if Moyes wishes to play two up top, or he could move the latter back out wide and have the Bosnian start as the out-and-out centre-forward.
Standing at an imposing 6 foot 4, the 112-cap beast is an imposing presence, and could feed off the likes of Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal whipping balls into the box. Add Antonio into the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for some major success if the Hammers want to play a bit more direct.