West Ham have been linked with Alfredo Morelos this week. According to The Daily Record, Crystal Palace and West Ham have both shown a ‘tentative interest’ in Morelos.
This report has been backed up by reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee. Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 17th July), EXWHUEmployee told listeners that Morelos might be available for a bargain fee.
The Rangers striker is reportedly available for as little as £4m or £5m this summer. At this price, West Ham might try to sign the Colombia international as a back-up choice to Sebastien Haller.
West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Haller but they need another striker to compete with the Frenchman and Javier Hernandez. Mario Husillos and Manuel Pellegrini have extensive knowledge of South American players so Morelos is a feasible target.
Would Alfredo Morelos succeed in England?
Morelos has an impressive goalscoring rate in Scotland since his 2017 move from HJK Helsinki. In just 92 games, the 23-year-old has scored 49 goals and provided 19 assists.
He is young, he knows where the net is and he would probably be eager to try himself in the Premier League. But there is a downside to Morelos’ game.
The fiery-tempered striker is nicknamed ‘El Bufalo’ and his temperament is questionable. After receiving five red cards last season, he could be considered a liability.
Pellegrini is apparently not keen on Mario Balotelli for a similar reason. Despite Morelos’ reported £4m – £5m price tag, this might be too much of a risk for Pellegrini to take.