View: West Ham United should opt for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic instead of Marko Arnautovic
West Ham United want a striker this summer and should go for Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic instead of Mark Arnautovic
The Hammers were not able to bring in a direct replacement for Sebastien Haller in January after the Ivory Coast international joined Ajax and have been linked with the Austrian international [The Athletic].
Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on Kalajdzic [The Athletic], and more suitors could join them and West Ham in his pursuit should he impress at the European Championship.
Hammers boss David Moyes has mooted a potential summer move for Shanghai SIPG forward Marko Arnautovic [Sky Sports], but should be going for his youngster international teammate instead.
Kalajdzic, 23, ended the last Bundesliga campaign with 16 goals and five assists, and should not have a problem hitting the ground running in the Premier League.
At 6ft 7in, he is the tallest player in the German top-flight [Bundesliga.com], and that physicality should be an added aerial advantage for a side like West Ham who already boast of Tomas Soucek.
Suitors are hoping to capitalise on Stuttgart’s financial woes in the coming weeks, and could be forced to balance the books by cashing in on Kalajdzic [The Athletic].
Despite still having two years left on his current contract, West Ham should not struggle to afford his fee, and he could prove to be a decent signing given his huge potential.
Moyes wants to see how Arnautovic fares at the Euros before making a decision [Sky Sports], but Kalajdzic could end up stealing the show for Austria.
Arnautovic forced his way out of West Ham and let the fans down, and there should not be a way back for him.
We need to move on and look towards the future, and re-signing a 32-year-old is not the answer.
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