Thursday, August 11, 2022

West Ham United Ready To Vie For This €15m Rated Ligue 1 Ace: Good Fit For Pellegrini?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

West Ham United are currently on a high in the Premier League, having won three matches on a trot. Their brilliant performances against Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace have helped them to reach the top half of the league table, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side should look to improve their position as the season progresses.

However, the Hammers have been dealt with a huge blow as their ace striker Marko Arnautovic is set to be out of action for the next one month with an injury. The situation has become even worse for the east London side as their other striker, Lucas Perez also picked up a foot injury against Crystal Palace and might have to be excluded from the squad ahead of their next match against Fulham this weekend.

The situation is utterly calamitous for the Hammers, as far as their attack is concerned. It is apparent that they would be looking to add a few new faces to their side.

One such player who is red hot on the radar (as reported by France Football) of the east London club is Emiliano Sala, the Argentine forward who is currently plying his trade at the Ligue 1 club FC Nantes.

The 28-year-old has been in brilliant form this season so far and has scored 13 goals in 16 matches for his side in all competitions. Sala’s ability to shoot from a variety of ranges is his greatest weapon, and the former Bordeaux striker can be an ideal candidate to lead the line for West Ham United.

With the only genuine striker Javier Hernandez being inconsistent in front of the goal so far this season, Manuel Pellegrini should look to get a top quality player to add firepower to his attack. The addition of a player like Sala will fulfil his requirement of bringing in a good striker and would also take the pressure off the shoulders of Arnautovic to do the bulk of the scoring for his side once the Austrian returns from injury.

However, West Ham United will have to face stern competition from the likes of Cardiff City, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Fulham, who are also looking to bag the player in January. Given their current situation, it is imperative that the Hammers get ready to splash the cash as Nantes have apparently put a price tag of €15m on their prized asset.

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