West Ham could be in the market for more than one striker this summer with the futures of several players in doubt.
Moreover, Lucas Perez has fallen out of favour and Andy Carroll’s contract is expiring at The London Stadium.
Carroll, who reportedly earns £90k-per-week (The Telegraph), is unlikely to earn a new contract unless he can turn things around.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old’s injury record has made him a costly player to have on the books and his performances have been mixed this season.
Instead, Manuel Pellegrini must let Carroll leave and sign Edin Dzeko in a cheap deal from Roma.
Edin Dzeko is available
According to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, Roma will not offer Dzeko a new contract and he will become available for €15m in the summer.
Pellegrini knows Dzeko well from their time together at Manchester City and could strike a reunion in a bargain deal.
The Hammers have been linked with Dzeko (Calcio Mercato) with Everton and Crystal Palace snooping around too.
What would Edin Dzeko offer?
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Dzeko is a similar build to Carroll. But the 32-year-old’s goal scoring record is far superior to Carroll’s.
Dzeko netted 72 goals in five seasons with Man City and has 85 goals to his name in less than four seasons at Roma.
This term, the veteran striker has scored 12 goals and he could still offer West Ham a goal threat in the air or with the ball at his feet.
Moreover, the 99-cap Bosnia and Herzegovina international has scored 55 goals for his country, underlining his goal scoring ability.
Trading Carroll for Dzeko would be an upgrade for West Ham that could help Pellegrini’s men climb higher up the league table next season.