West Ham have been linked with a move for Jefferson Savarino. According to Sky Sports News, West Ham and Newcastle want to sign Savarino from Real Salt Lake.
Savarino would be available for around £6m. These two Premier League clubs look set to battle for Savarino’s signature this summer.
But who is Savarino? We take a look at Savarino’s profile and whether he would be a good fit for the Hammers.
Why do West Ham want Jefferson Savarino?
West Ham have been looking at attacking reinforcements this summer. Savarino predominantly plays as a winger, although West Ham are well-stocked in this department and arguably do not need any new additions.
With Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio, Grady Diangana, Nathan Holland, Robert Snodgrass and Marcus Browne, West Ham do not really need a new wide man.
But Savarino can play anywhere across the front line. West Ham definitely need at least one new striker so perhaps he is being targeted to provide numbers in attack.
Career path and stats
Savarino started his career in Venezuela with Zulia. After several impressive seasons in South America, he moved to the MLS. Real Salt Lake took a punt on the Venezuela international, initially on loan before signing him permanently.
Since moving to the United States, Savarino has played 70 games for Real Salt Lake. He has netted 16 goals and provided 18 assists for the American club. So far in the 2019 season, Savarino has played 13 games, scoring twice and adding one assist.
He also represents his national team and is currently away at the Copa America. He was an unused substitute against Brazil but he has earned nine caps so far, scoring one goal.
Style of play
Standing at just 5ft 7in tall, Savarino is not a powerful player. The diminutive winger instead has to rely on his pace and trickery to make an impact.
The 22-year-old primarily operates from the right wing but can operate on the left flank or through the middle. He has also played as a central striker, although his lack of physicality might rule that out in England.
Real Salt Lake boss Mike Petke has described him as a skilful individual who draws fouls because defenders cannot cope with his dribbling skills.
As reported by MLS Soccer, Petke said: “It was very evident early on this year that he was a marked man and was being fouled repetitively, and that’s a sign of respect for him because of how dangerous he is.”
Newcastle want him to join fellow Venezuelan Salomon Rondon (who spent last season on loan at St James’ Park) and ex-MLS star Miguel Almiron. These two players probably put the Magpies in pole position for Savarino.