West Ham United are becoming increasingly desperate to sign a quality striker this summer.
But decent forwards are not easy to find, let alone attract to a club not playing European football like West Ham.
The Hammers have been trying to get a deal done for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez.
West Ham already needed a new forward after the departures of Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez.
That need has become even more acute after the Hammers agreed to sell Marko Arnautovic following the player’s transfer request (Sky Sports).
Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that Gomez ‘was keen’ on a move to West Ham.
Since then the same source has cast doubt on the move suggesting the player wants to remain in Spain, where he has been linked with a switch to Valencia.
West Ham reportedly have a long list of striker targets including Salomon Rondon, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Marega.
Rondon rumours reignited
Speculation about a move for Rondon has spiked after going quiet in recent weeks.
That could be as West Ham prepare to admit defeat over their pursuit of Gomez.
But the deal will happen if West Brom heed the advice of Baggies legend Ally Robertson.
Speaking in his Express and Star column, Robertson said he would love to see Rondon stay at West Brom and fire them to promotion.
Legend explains why West Brom must sell
But he concedes the club simply has to sell Rondon to West Ham.
“In a perfect world, I would like to see him stay, score 20 goals in the Championship and fire us back up,” Robertson told Express and Star.
“If he did that, you wouldn’t mind him leaving for free next summer. But unfortunately, he probably won’t be in the right shape of mind to do that.
“As long as the money we get for Rondon is reinvested into the squad to give (Slaven) Bilic what he wants, that’s all we can ask for. It may have to be spread out on a few signings, because we’ve got a small squad at the moment.”