By Alistair Hann
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
After shipping out Marco Arnautović to Shanghai SIPG for around £23 million – and missing out on long-term target Maxi Gomez – West Ham are in the market for a striker.
Hammers’ manager Manuel Pellegrini won’t miss the mood-swings of the volatile Arnautović.
But the striker’s departure leaves a big hole that the club must fill if they are to improve on last season’s 10th-place finish.
Allied to his tireless running, the former Stoke striker was West Ham’s top scorer with 10 goals and chipped in with four assists.
Hammers in the market for Rondón and Mitrović
Initially, it appeared Pellegrini was on the lookout for a big man who could hold the ball up for Felipe Anderson.
Out-of-contract Salómon Rondón seemed a perfect fit, after bagging 11 goals and working tirelessly to help Newcastle comfortably avoid relegation.
But the Venezuelan line-leader is now odds on to follow Rafa Benítez to China in pursuit of those mega bucks.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović was a natural alternative. He impressed last season, scoring 11 goals in a doomed cause.
But that was before he unexpectedly extended his contract, committing to another season in the Championship.
With Rondón and Mitrović apparently off the table, you can get attractive transfer odds on West Ham signing a couple of football’s forgotten men.
Having been reunited with his missing dog with the help of social media, Daniel Sturridge is now trying to rediscover his lost talent for scoring goals.
The injury-plagued front-man scored just twice in the Premier League for Liverpool last season. But at 29-years-old and out of contract, he will attract suitors.
Sturridge is 12/1 to sign for West Ham, although he is priced at just 2/1 to join any MLS club.
Another option could be Mario Balotelli. The enigmatic striker is available on a free after leaving Marseille, and he is 7/2 to move to London Stadium.
Suitors circling for Rice
Strikers aside, West Ham’s priority over the summer is to resist advances for England’s young midfield star Declan Rice.
Hammers’ fans will be encouraged that the shortest odds are 9/2 for him to sign for Man City, with Man Utd at 4/1.