West Ham United have been given renewed hope of signing Colombian striker Luis Muriel.

West Ham have been linked with a move for the Sevilla forward for the last two windows.

And the Hammers were even credited with a keen interest back in 2017 too (The Sun).

The 28-year-old opted to join Fiorentina on loan last season instead of joining West Ham.

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West Ham desperate for more firepower

He scored an impressive nine goals in 23 games playing alongside former West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes.

Muriel has a ratio of one in every three with 81 goals from 286 club career games.

Pace and guile are his key attributes.

West Ham are desperate to sign at least one striker this summer after releasing Andy Carroll and selling Lucas Perez to Alaves.

 

So far Pellegrini appears to have made little headway with prime striker target Maxi Gomez.

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New hope over longstanding target Muriel?

But the Chilean has been given new hope over fellow South American Muriel after Fiorentina elected not to sign the player permanently casting his future into doubt.

According to Football Italia, Sevilla have made Muriel available for just £10million.

That has spiked interest from the likes of Atalanta and AC Milan.

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Cheap alternative to Gomez

But crucially Football Italia states neither have ‘begun genuine negotiations’.

With a reportedly limited transfer budget at West Ham this summer, a move for Muriel could make perfect sense for Pellegrini.

At £10m the striker represents a low risk in the modern day climate.

And he could link up well with new Hammers signing Pablo Fornals, who ate into a large portion of West Ham’s transfer budget when he became the club’s second most expensive player of all time this weekend (whufc.com).

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