West Ham United have been strongly linked with a move for striker Salomon Rondon.

The likes of Football London claim West Ham want the West Bromwich Albion forward, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle.

Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to bring in a striker or two this summer.

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Pellegrini faces striker decisions

It comes after West Ham sold Lucas Perez to Alaves and released Andy Carroll.

With Javier Hernandez also expected to depart that would leave only Marko Arnautovic as a senior forward. And even he has only been operating as a striker for the last 18 months of his career.

Celta Vigo and Uruguary striker Maxi Gomez is reported to be West Ham’s prime target.

But reports in Spain claim he prefers a move to Valencia over West Ham (Marca).

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Gomez situation could expedite West Ham move for Rondon

That may see the Hammers turn again to their back-up Rondon.

 

It did appear that Pellegrini would face stern competition for the powerful Baggies star after Marseille were linked.

However a report from France claims the financially-stricken Ligue 1 side made a big mistake.

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Marseille misunderstanding keeps door open

La Provence claim Marseille entered into contact for the 29-year-old Venezuelan as they mistakenly believed he was available on a free transfer at the end of the month.

But Rondon in fact has another 12 months left on his West Brom deal.

Once Marseille realised this, La Provence claims they decided to start looking at other options instead.

Embarrassing for Dimitri Payet’s boys.

But it does mean the door is still open for Pellegrini should he still wish to pursue Rondon.

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