According to a report from Foot Mercato, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is pushing alleged West Ham target Mariano Diaz towards the exit door at the Bernabeu.
Corriere dello Sport claimed just a few days ago that the 27-year-old Los Blancos hitman is Hammers boss David Moyes’s priority January target.
The Scot definitely needs to bring another striker to the London Stadium. He can’t rely on only Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller.
Mariano would be a very wise addition for West Ham. And our chances of signing him seem to be very good, with Foot Mercato claiming that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is pushing the Dominican towards the exit door.
The 27-year-old has struggled since making his £23 million (The Sun) return to the Spanish capital from Lyon in the summer of 2018.
That is partly due to the fact that he hasn’t been given enough game-time, however.
Mariano proved during his time with Lyon that he has what it takes to make a difference at the very highest level. The Madrid ace racked up 21 goals in 45 games for the French club.
The 27-year-old is a hard working centre-forward and is an incredibly willing runner.
In that respect he is similar to Antonio, although he isn’t as powerful as the 30-year-old Hammers ace. The Madrid star is arguably a better finisher than Antonio, however.
If West Ham can prise Mariano away from the Bernabeu for a reasonable fee, he would be a very strong signing for us.
And with Zidane allegedly desperate to move the Dominican on, our chances of doing just that seem to be pretty good.