West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini must completely overhaul his striker options this summer on a tight budget.

Andy Carroll will leave the Hammers when his contract expires in the summer.

And he will likely be followed out of the exit door by Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and possibly even Marko Arnautovic.

West Ham have been linked with a number of strikers this summer.

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Host of strikers linked but not enough money to get them?

Maxi Gomez, Moussa Marega, Daniel Sturridge, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Mitrovic have all been mentioned.

But with a reported base transfer budget of just £30million – Claret & Hugh – Pellegrini may have to adjust his targets somewhat.

And the Chilean could do a lot worse than to take a chance on Championship ace Neal Maupay at Brentford.

The former France Under 21 striker was highly-rated as a youngster but there were question marks over his temperament.

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Reformed French star shining bright

The 22-year-old looks to have finally grown up at Brentford, though, scoring 24 goals and laying on eight assists in 42 games.

It is an exceptional return for a team sitting 15th in the Championship.

And it will surely bring Maupay to the attention of a host of clubs looking for a potential bargain.

The Hammers have had their fingers burned by the bizarre £8 million purchase of little known Jordan Hugill last year.

But Maupay is more mobile, quick and has pedigree having been at Nice and Saint-Etienne.

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Versatile Maupay could be cheaper alternative

Brentford would want to get a decent return for their star striker. But having only paid £1.6 million West Ham would be confident they could tempt the Bees into parting with Maupay for the right fee.

West Ham could also grease the wheels by offering a young player or two on loan.

Maupay can also operate as a winger or attacking midfielder so would give Pellegrini a wealth of options too.

Despite having represented France throughout the youth age groups, the current EFL Player of the Year is also eligible to represent Argentina, the country of his mother.

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