According to a report from Ecuadorian media outlet Ecuagol, West Ham could face competition from Premier League rivals Everton and Newcastle in the race to sign Lazio hitman Felipe Caicedo.
Italian publication Calcio Mercato claimed the other day that the Hammers have already made an approach to sign the 31-year-old – one that was swiftly rejected by Lazio.
Fans of the Premier League will be familiar with the 68-capped Ecuador international, after his three year spell with Manchester City that began way back in 2008.
Caicedo joined Lazio in the summer of 2017 from Espanyol, and he has gone on to score 23 goals in 100 appearances for the Italian outfit.
This season, the 31-year-old has bagged eight goals in 29 games.
He is a powerful forward with impressive stamina and energy levels. The South American always puts in a shift defensively too, as outlined here on Who Scored. And West Ham might benefit from having a forward with his kind of work-rate to support Sebastien Haller.
Ecuagol claims that the Hammers might face competition from Everton and Newcastle, if they do indeed make a move to sign the striker, however.
Caicedo is hardly the most prolific of strikers though. So perhaps West Ham should actually be aiming higher than the Ecuadorian.
If the report is correct, however, and Everton and Newcastle both want to sign the 31-year-old, he must be doing something right.
And it will be interesting to see which clubs wins the race to sign the Lazio striker.