West Ham United’s reported deadline day move for striker Salomon Rondon is a ‘no brainer’.
That’s according to respected South American football expert Tim Vickery.
West Ham are interested in signing former Newcastle and West Brom striker Rondon before the transfer window closes according to a report from The Daily Mail.
Everton and West Ham linked with former Prem striker Rondon
The 31-year-old left has been playing in China with Dalian Pro and more recently on loan at CSKA Moscow since leaving England in the summer of 2019.
Rondon was a teammate of new West Ham signing Nikola Vlasic in Russia.
West Ham fans are concerned that David Moyes only has injury-prone Michail Antonio as a senior striker option.
Rondon has also been linked with a reunion with Rafa Benitez at Everton.
South American football expert says Hammers move would be ‘no brainer’ for big Rondon
And speaking on Sky Sports Transfer Talk on deadline day (12.27pm), South American expert Vickery says a move to West Ham for the 82-capped Venezuela international makes perfect sense.
“With big Salomon Rondon, West Ham also apparently interested in him, that seems like a no-brainer,” Vickery said on Sky Sports Transfer Talk on deadline day (12.27pm).
“Because what you’d be buying there is a vastly experienced back-up striker.
‘He’s a real physical handful for opposing defenders’
“Rondon perhaps never quite scores the goals that you think he’s capable of. But he’s got a solid track record wherever he’s been really, Spain, Russia, Premier League obviously with West Brom and Newcastle more recently, China and back to Russia.
“He’s a real physical handful for opposing defenders. So a back-up striker and a move back to the Premier League looks likely with Everton in pole position but West Ham also interested.”
At 31, Rondon does not really fit Moyes’s recruitment philosophy at West Ham.
So while it would seem a sensible short-term solution to cope with any absences of Antonio, do not be surprised if the Hammers look elsewhere.
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