West Ham will not pursue deals for high-earning injury-prone players, according to a report by Claret & Hugh. This has ruled out any move for free agents Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
After offloading several strikers, West Ham could try to sign a forward in the last few days of the transfer window. But Sturridge and Welbeck will not be on Manuel Pellegrini’s wishlist.
For the past few seasons, West Ham have been paying Andy Carroll high wages but he has spent a lot of time out injured. Both Sturridge and Welbeck have had numerous injury concerns in the past and would demand a hefty wage after leaving Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.
West Ham want to avoid another Carroll situation so they will avoid these two bargain additions. Other options within West Ham’s price range could be explored, meaning a loan with a view-to-buy is the most likely arrival.
West Ham still need one more striker
West Ham have lost four strikers this summer. Andy Carroll was released, Lucas Perez joined Deportivo Alaves, Marko Arnautovic moved to China and Jordan Hugill has joined QPR on loan.
With only one new striker coming in (record signing Sebastian Haller), Pellegrini only has two recognised centre-forwards in his squad. Javier Hernandez is the other option.
Michail Antonio can play in attack but he is a natural winger, rather than a number 9. This is why West Ham should try to sign one more striker. But there are limited options out there before the Thursday deadline.
It will probably have to be a loan or a free transfer but this report has ruled out Sturridge and Welbeck. Perhaps Mario Balotelli could be an option unless West Ham can find a striker to join on a temporary basis.