After years trying to land a top quality striker West Ham United finally seem to have got their man in Sebastien Haller.
West Ham made Haller their record signing this week in a deal reportedly worth £45million.
Given the striker’s profile and record and the fact Champions League clubs were reportedly interested, it is something of a coup for the Hammers.
Key Hammers men not resting on their laurels
But Manuel Pellegrini, director of football Mario Husillos and co-owner David Sullivan will not be basking in the glory. Far from it.
That’s according to football journalist Graeme Bailey, who works across a host of media outlets including The Mirror and TeamTalk.
Taking to Twitter, Bailey told his 66,000 followers that no sooner had West Ham landed Haller than attentions had already switched to landing a second one.
“West Ham have completed £45m deal for Sebastian Haller…and they are already working on another deal for a striker,” Bailey said on Twitter.
West Ham have completed £45m deal for Sebastian Haller…and they are already working on another deal for a striker https://t.co/6qOjzYTwey
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) July 17, 2019
Who is in the mix as second striker for West Ham?
But who might that second striker be?
Mario Balotelli was ruled out by fellow Hammers site Claret & Hugh recently which claimed Pellegrini has reservations about his attitude.
Andrea Belotti is too expensive (The Guardian).
And Neal Maupay of Brentford looks a no-go, read full story here.
Does Pellegrini want Higuain or Morelos?
Gonzalo Higuain wants to remain at Juventus but is unlikely to get any game time so is still a possibility.
And West Ham have also been strongly linked with Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos (Daily Record).
Bailey’s comments have 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.
As a result West Ham would comfortably be able to sign the Colombia international as a back-up choice to Haller.