Report: West Ham have Serie A striker approach turned down
West Ham United’s 3-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday was a much-needed three points, and a return to top form for the Hammers’ attack.
The east London outfit have struggled in front of goal this season, there’s no doubt about that.
Sebastien Haller found the back of the net for the first time since New Year’s Day against the Saints, however, while January signing Jarrod Bowen and fellow attacker Michail Antonio also got on the scoresheet.
So these were encouraging signs at the London Stadium, but no-one is asserting that the team’s attack is fixed just yet.
It looks like the club are preparing to add further attacking options in the summer – provided they remain in the Premier League.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato reported on Friday night that the Hammers have failed with an approach for Lazio frontman Felipe Caicedo.
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It’s thought that the east London outfit presented a strong offer for a summer transfer, but that the Serie A title challengers knocked them back.
The Rome club don’t want to sell the Colombian, who provides important back-up to star striker Ciro Immobile.
Should West Ham go back in for Caicedo?
Probably not, no. He’s serves a crucial role for Lazio, but he’s probably not as valuable to any other club as he is to them.
So they will likely charge big money when he’s not actually worth that much to a team like the Hammers.
He’s never been prolific, although he has scored eight goals in very limited minutes for Lazio this term.
Still, there’s likely much better value out there for the Irons than a 31-year-old second-string attacker.
In other West Ham news, the club’s supporters have been urging one player to retire after his efforts on Saturday.