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Veteran Attacker Might Return To England Amid West Ham Interest: Why The Hammers Must Get Him

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If a report from  Estadio Deportivo is believed to be true, West Ham United are plotting a sensational summer swoop for Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has settled in at Inter Milan overcoming the nightmare of Old Trafford. However, a return to Premier League this summer can’t be ruled out yet with the Nerazzurri struggling financially despite conquering the scudetto after 11 years.

While Inter have reacted promptly to appoint Simone Inzaghi as Antonio Conte’s successor, the 32-year-old attacking ace has been made available this window to clear the wage bill. He is currently on £6million-a-year salary and his summer exit would make things stable to a certain extent prior to the upcoming term.

West Ham, meanwhile, have clinched a sixth-placed league finish defying the odds and a move for Alexis Sanchez depicts their European ambition. But they are not alone in the hunt with Barcelona and Sevilla keeping close tabs on his situation. Inter made his loan permanent last summer and the ex-Arsenal star registered 7 goals and an equal number of assists in 30 league appearances in spite of being deployed as a second-half substitute on 18 occasions [Stats via Transfermarket].

West Ham United target Alexis Sanchez is celebrating after winning the league with Inter Milan
FC Internazionale v Udinese Calcio – Serie A Alexis Sanchez of FC Internazionale celebrates during the award ceremony after the Serie A football match between FC Internazionale and Udinese Calcio. FC Internazionale won 5-1 over Udinese Calcio. Milan Italy Copyright: xNicolxCampox

David Moyes has done wonders in East London after managing to escape relegation last year. Everton are considering his reappointment as the Goodison Park chief following Carlo Ancelotti’s egress, but the Scot is reportedly (as claimed by the Athletic) happy in Stratford and willing to extend his stay beyond this month.

Why The Hammers Should Secure His Services

The Hammers were a surprise ‘top four’ contender this season. An array of unforeseen outcomes towards the culmination of the league shattered their Champions League hopes, yet they punched above their weight to secure a Europa League berth ahead of city rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Saïd Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen played their part down the wide, but they lacked a centre-forward to complement Michail Antonio who missed a few crucial outings due to injury concerns.

Manchester United are yet to decide on Jesse Lingard’s future who enjoyed an exquisite loan stint in East London. The Irons would love to rope in the Englishman on permanent terms but, at the same time, must step up the chase for the 137-cap Chile international. He scored his 46th goal in a recent 1-1 draw against Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers and his versatility high up the pitch would solve West Ham’s striker conundrum for at least a couple of years.

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