Manuel Pellegrini could reunite one of the best striker partnerships in Europe in January if West Ham United show some ambition.

The Hammers spent a paltry net £25million in the summer.

Record £45million signing Sebastien Haller and £24million Pablo Fornals were the only two players bought to go into West Ham’s first XI.

All five of last season’s striker pool left the club over the summer. Only the unproven Albian Ajeti is waiting in the wings.

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Does Pellegrini have enough in reserve?

As a result many feel Pellegrini might find himself short when the winter months take their toll.

So the Chilean could do a lot worse than launch an ambitious bid for struggling Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

Jovic forged a deadly partnership with Hammers hero Haller at Eintracht Frankfurt over the last two seasons.

The duo scored 47 goals between them as they almost lead the German side to Europa League glory.

That was to add to the 25 goals they notched in their first season together there.


Spanish giants Real came knocking for Jovic in the summer, signing the Serbian for £53million.

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Haller’s struggling former striker partner Jovic made available for loan?

But he has struggled so far, being labelled a flop and linked with a move away.

Marca – as also reported by Football Espana and The Sun – claims Jovic has failed to impress Real boss Zinedine Zidane and will be made available for loan.

Successful strike partnerships are a rarity in modern football given the preference of most teams to line up with one forward.

So Jovic and Haller would undoubtedly welcome the chance to reunite.

West Ham should try everything to get Jovic on loan in January with an option to buy.

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Ambitious loan with option would make West Ham a serious side

If the move works out then it would suit all parties as Real would recoup a sizeable chunk of their outlay.

Reuniting Jovic and Haller would propel West Ham from outside hopes for a European spot to genuine contenders.

There is a real chance for David Sullivan and David Gold to push the club on without even parting with any serious money, not until next summer at least.

Haller and Jovic spearheading the Hammers attack. Just imagine.

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