West Ham are incredibly short up front.
The Hammers signed Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti in the summer, but at the same time, they sold Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez, whilst Andy Carroll was released on a free. Jordan Hugill, meanwhile, left on loan.
It seems incredibly short sighted of the West Ham owners to have not strengthened more in the attacking department.
If Haller suffers a long-term injury, the Hammers will be in big trouble.
Manuel Pellegrini clearly doesn’t trust Ajeti, and with this in mind, the Chilean must surely be looking for a top class centre-forward in January.
And Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud could be just the man for West Ham.
The French World Cup winner could be available for just £3 million in January, according to The Sun (22 October, page 49).
Good signing for the Hammers?
The 33-year-old is a big, strong and technically gifted striker. He is one of the best in the business with his back to goal, and he would provide genuine competition for Haller.
At the very least, Giroud would offer cover for his countryman.
Despite his advancing years, Giroud has kept himself in excellent physical condition. The former Arsenal man still features regularly for France, and that says everything about the striker.
If Giroud is indeed available for just £3 million, it would represent excellent business for West Ham. The only problem for the east London outfit, however, is that there will surely be a plethora of clubs keen on signing him.
West Ham need to act fast, and in truth, they would surely be a tempting option for Giroud, considering the fact that he wouldn’t have to move from his London base.
David Sullivan and David Gold must do all they can to bring the Chelsea man to the London Stadium. It would go a long way to making up for their relatively low net spend in the summer.