West Ham have enquired about the possibility of signing Juventus hitman Gonzalo Higuain, according to Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

On the face of it, the rumour seems to be an extremely exciting one, but Hammers fans should be wary.

First and foremost, the Argentine will be incredibly expensive, even if it is just a loan deal.

His wages will undoubtedly be extortionate.

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Gonzalo Higuain (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Secondly, Higuain will turn 32 just four months into the new Premier League season. He demonstrated last term with Chelsea that he is clearly on the downward curve, and he struggled with the intensity of the English game.

The Juventus hitman racked up just five goals in 18 appearances for the Blues. And who’s to say that he wouldn’t struggle even more at West Ham.

This summer will be a vital one for the Hammers. They desperately need to bring in an established centre-forward, if they are to make a push for the top six next season.

Higuain has proven throughout his career that he is a top class striker. The Hammers need to look elsewhere, however.

He is way past his best, and he proved last season with Chelsea that he just doesn’t have the physical attributes and stamina to hack it in the Premier League.

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Gonzalo Higuain (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

West Ham need to focus their attention on the likes of Sebastien Haller – a young and hungry striker with plenty still to prove.

Links with someone like Higuain will undoubtedly excite West Ham fans. In the cold light of day, however, all is not as it seems.

The Hammers could, and should, do better than the South American.

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