West Ham United look seriously short of options in the striker department if they are serious about a top six push.
The Hammers are already hugely reliant on record £45million forward Sebastien Haller after offloading all five of last season’s first team strikers in the summer.
Manuel Pellegrini only has the unproven and unfancied Albian Ajeti in reserve.
But the young Swiss has failed to impress two cup appearances so far. And Pellegrini clearly feels he is not ready as he is yet to play a single minute of Premier League football nearly a quarter of the way through the season.
Pellegrini lacking striker options
West Ham must surely look to sign another striker in January after a paltry £25million net spend in the summer.
Who better to partner Haller with than Luka Jovic? The Serbian striker forged a deadly partnership with Hammers hero Haller at Eintracht Frankfurt over the last two seasons.
The duo scored 47 goals between them as they almost lead the German side to Europa League glory.
That was to add to the 25 goals they notched in their first season together there.
Spanish giants Real came knocking for Jovic in the summer, signing the Serbian for £53million.
Shock Serbia snub for Haller’s prolific partner Jovic
But he has struggled so far, being labelled a flop and linked with a move away.
And now Jovic has lost his place in the Serbia squad as a result (Football Espana).
The 21-year forward has has been dropped by Serbia boss Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s squad for the first time since his breakthrough campaign alongside West Ham star Haller at Frankfurt.
Tumbakovic confirmed that a lack of game time – Jovic has started just two La Liga games for Real following his big money summer move – was to blame for his omission for the crucial qualifier away in Lithuania, and a friendly game with Paraguay.
Situation could play into Pellegrini’s hands if owners back him
That’s despite netting twice in his last four games for Serbia.
The shock omission could play into West Ham’s hands and clear the path for Pellegrini to reunite one of the best striker partnerships in Europe in January.
But only if West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold show some ambition.
The Hammers should offer to take Jovic on loan with an option to buy if things work out.
Real was perhaps a step too far for Jovic and West Ham he could prove the missing piece of what is an increasingly impressive jigsaw being assembled by Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos.