So West Ham’s search for an established striker is set to continue, and Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz could be a wonderful solution for Manuel Pellegrini.

Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Hammers’ have exited talks with Celta Vigo regarding Maxi Gomez.

Who should West Ham target now, however?

One interesting option for them could be Real Madrid hitman Mariano Diaz. The Dominican is available for just £18 million this summer, according to the Daily Star.

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Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid (Photo by Denis Doyle – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old rejoined Los Blancos in the summer of 2018 for around €33 million (£30 million), according to BBC Sport.

Considering the fact the Zinedine Zidane has already embarked on a huge spending spree this summer, however, he might be tempted to sell the Dominican.

Mariano would be a great signing for the Hammers. And he seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.

He is quick off the mark, strong in the challenge and possesses impressive aerial ability.

The striker’s time with Lyon during the 2017/18 campaign showed what he is capable of when given the opportunity to play regularly.

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Mariano Diaz (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Mariano racked up 21 goals and six assists in 45 appearances in all competitions.

And for just £18 million, he would be well worth a punt for West Ham.

The Hammers do have funds to make a big splash in the transfer market. David Sullivan and David Gold are well-renowned for their love of a bargain, however.

And the Real Madrid hitman seems to be the perfect option for West Ham this summer, because not only is he cheap, but he’s also a real talent.

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