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Payet 2.0: West Ham should sign James Rodriguez

West Ham could finally unearth another talent like Dimitri Payet if a move for a former Premier League player materialises.

The news of recent reports linking West Ham to former Real Madrid man James Rodriguez will surely excite many Hammers fans as they aim to finally get a player who can dazzle like Payet once did.

Should West Ham sign James Rodriguez?





Although the mercurial Frenchman was only at West Ham for 18 months, he was a fan favourite and gathered plenty of praise for his abilities, with former teammate Winston Reid describing him as a “special player” and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who would argue against that.

The truth is, the team hasn’t had a player like him since Payet departed in rather acrimonious circumstances and left a sour taste in the West Ham faithful.

GSB’s apparent pursuit of Rodriguez in that regard makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the fact that he is still only 30 years of age and clearly still has too much talent to be fading away into anonymity.

The Colombian earns £200k-per-week at Al-Rayyan SC and even though journalist Pete O’Rourke labelled him a “luxury”, he also believes that Rodriguez wouldn’t be the right fit to “buy into Moyes ethos” and that’s a fair comment.

However, when you consider his stats when he was playing at Everton under Carlo Ancelotti, he scored six goals and notched nine assists in just 26 matches across all competitions.

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On his day, the player can be one of the finest in Europe and with West Ham relying too much on goals from their wingers, with Said Benrahma (11) and Jarrod Bowen (16) making heavy contributions, then it’s fair to say Moyes needs someone to come in and take the burden off them.

With Rodriguez’s market value currently sitting at £13.5m, whoever gets the chance to secure his services will surely be getting a bargain.

AND in other news, Imagine him & Said: West Ham set to move for 22 y/o “hurricane”, he won’t cost a penny…

Article title: Payet 2.0: West Ham should sign James Rodriguez

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