By Beck Pascal

21st Feb, 2022 | 8:00am

West Ham should have signed Wout Weghorst in January - Alex Crook

TalkSPORT football correspondent Alex Crook has slammed West Ham for their approach to finding a replacement for Michail Antonio in January. 

The Journalist named Burnley’s Wout Weghorst as a target the Hammers should have moved for. 

Crook was specifically critical of the Irons last gasp attempts at bringing stars to the London Stadium, naming Leeds United’s Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips as “unrealistic targets”.

He told talkSPORT on Sunday Evening’s Boot Room: “Wout Weghorst, £12m he cost Burnley from Wolfsburg and he was absolutely brilliant at Brighton.

“Surely that would have been an easier deal for West Ham? They were looking for alternatives to Antonio, there’s a player who they know wants to come to the Premier League.

“And before you ‘at’ me Burnley fans [on Twitter], I don’t disrespect Burnley, but if you have a choice between Burnley and West Ham, you would go to West Ham.

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“I don’t understand why they didn’t try and get that deal done.”

Same old

West Ham fans have been asking the exact same questions for quite some time now. 

It is almost as if there is no plan at all when it comes to transfers at the club, they just see who is available and how they feel when it opens or rather a week before it closes. 

The club was and still are desperate for a replacement for Antonio, he has done brilliantly all season being the squads only striker, but it seems to have taken its toll on the 31-year-old who is in the midst of a goal drought. 

You can hardly blame him though; he hasn’t stopped all season and should be afforded some leniency with the weight of the task resting solely on his shoulders. 

A player like Weghorst could have come in and done a great job for just £12million but the Irons didn’t invest and that’s the bottom line. They have to in the summer but for now, let’s get behind the lads that do play for West Ham.

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