Rodrigo is the latest striker on West Ham’s radar. According to The Sun, Valencia forward Rodrigo is eager to move to England with Everton and West Ham interested.
The 28-year-old previously had a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. But now he wants to try his luck in the Premier League again. Both Everton and West Ham could offer him a path to the English top-flight.
Everton have held a long-term interest in Rodrigo. With Cenk Tosun failing to live up to expectations, Marco Silva will target another striker this summer.
But the Toffees will have to fend off West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini has made signing a striker his priority for the summer. And Rodrigo is the latest player to be linked.
Valencia will reportedly ask for £70m for Rodrigo as their opening gambit. However, the Spanish club are willing to compromise and £30m should be enough to land Rodrigo.
Rodrigo: Career in stats
Rodrigo had an impressive season at Valencia, racking up 15 goals in all competitions. He played 51 games and also registered 10 assists to help Valencia qualify for the Champions League.
The Spain international now has 52 goals and 30 assists for Valencia. Prior to his return to Spain, Rodrigo played over 100 games for Benfica, scoring 45 times.
He has previously spent one season in England. The former Real Madrid trainee joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Benfica in the 2010/11 season when they were a Premier League team.
In 21 games for the Trotters, Rodrigo only scored one goal (with one assist too). His only goal came against Wigan Athletic in a 1-1 draw but he is determined to now be a success in England.
Rodrigo move could prompt merry-go-round
West Ham’s interest in Rodrigo is intriguing considering the La Liga club’s striker hunt. Both Valencia and West Ham are both jostling for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to various reports (including Sky Sports News).
If West Ham were to complete a £30m deal for Rodrigo, this would surely boost Valencia’s Gomez hopes. West Ham would arm Valencia with a transfer budget capable of wooing the Uruguayan striker and the Hammers would also drop out of the race too after finding a striker.
Alternatively, West Ham could try to use Javier Hernandez in this deal. The Mexican striker wants to leave and has been linked with an £8m move to Valencia (The Sun) so perhaps he could be offered to lower the price for Rodrigo.