West Ham have already spent big this summer, splashing out close to £70 million on Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals.
It could be argued that the Hammers need another top-class centre-forward, however, if they are to challenge for the top six this season.
Whether they have the money to do so though, remains to be seen.
If the board do decide to back Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean should go for Borussia Monchengladbach ace Alassane Plea.
And here’s three reasons why…
Plea, 26, is incredibly quick, and he would offer West Ham a real threat in behind.
He always plays off the shoulder of the last defender, and that would make him ideally suited to the Hammers’ direct playing style under Pellegrini.
Competition for Haller
The former Eintracht Frankfurt ace will undoubtedly be West Ham’s first-choice striker this season, but he will need stiff competition if he is to play to the best of his ability.
And there are question marks as to whether Javier Hernandez can provide him with that.
Plea is incredibly strong, Standing at around 6ft tall, he is also decent in the air. And he seems to possess all of the physical attributes needed to succeed in England.
West Ham were actually linked with the Frenchman last year, with the Sun reporting in April 2018 that he was a £25 million target for the east London outfit.
And if the money is there, going back in for him before next week’s deadline seems like a no-brainer for the Hammers.