Many West Ham United fans want to see the club sign free agent striker Diego Costa, but is he worth it?
It promises to be a complicated January window for West Ham and David Moyes.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claim there is no money to spend.
But similar claims were made prior to the summer window and West Ham made four signings, three of them new arrivals.
Complicated window beckons for West Ham and Moyes
So when it comes to the crunch David Sullivan and David Gold usually get something done by hook or by crook.
West Ham desperately need a new striker in the January window.
Michail Antonio’s persistent injury problems and Sebastien Haller’s struggles have left West Ham toothless up front.
So when Atletico Madrid released Costa this week it piqued the interest of many West Ham fans.
A large number took to social media to call for the club to sign the former Chelsea forward on a free – read the full story here.
Many West Ham fans want club to sign Costa on a free
On one hand it makes sense. Proven quality, free transfer and the kind of character that is loved by his own fans for his passion and aggression.
On the other hand signing a 32-year-old who has seen better days smacks of the West Ham of old.
It goes against the clear new transfer policy Moyes has put in place to sign young, energetic players hungry to prove themselves in the Premier League.
So perhaps the deciding factor if West Ham are considering what would still be seen as something of a coup by landing Costa, is his impact on the fantastic team spirit Moyes has fostered at the London Stadium.
West Ham pulled together under Moyes to survive at the end of last season.
And the Hammers have made their best start to a season for five years this term.
Pros and cons to signing former Chelsea ace but Moyes must resist for fear of ruining West Ham’s team spirit
Everyone from players to the manager, his coaching staff and ITKs have been quick to highlight just how good West Ham’s team spirit is right now.
Captain Mark Noble was the latest to mention it, telling whufc.com it is one of the best dressing rooms he has known.
Costa has a reputation for being disruptive stemming from his acrimonious departure from Chelsea.
That has not been helped by his on pitch persona, often involved in high profile incidents. Although interestingly Costa was never sent off in England.
Costa’s reputation may be harsh.
But should West Ham risk potentially wrecking the positive foundations they have built by bringing in an ego like Costa just because finances dictate?
Most West Ham fans would surely rather see an exciting young forward like Mipo Odubeko get his big chance instead.
Would you risk it for a Costa hissy fit? That’s the question Moyes must ask himself if the Hammers are entertaining the idea.
And only he has the answer.