West Ham are frantically scouring the market for the right sort of attacking signings this summer, with the club’s co-chairman David Gold confirming the Hammers are seeking two new strikers. However, securing deals is proving to be harder than anticipated- despite Slaven Bilic’s side being linked with the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Javier Hernandez and Olivier Giroud.
The Hammers remain keen on that quartet of forwards and could force a move, although it all depends on what the players agree with their respective sides and West Ham may need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they could need to continue searching for new recruits- but an ambitious move could be decisive.
With Manchester United confirming this morning that they’ve agreed a deal in principal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, it leaves the future of Red Devils teenager Marcus Rashford in limbo as the 19-year-old faces a huge test to prove himself at the club this season and secure regular first-team opportunities.
It’s clear that Lukaku will be the main man at Manchester United this summer, which could potentially force Rashford out wide, and a lack of first-team football could shatter the young striker’s dreams of making the England squad next summer- particularly as the Three Lions possess a wealth of talent on the flanks.
Rashford is certainly at his best playing centrally and West Ham could offer him the chance of leading the line for their side, giving him the first-team football he’ll need if he has any chance of dislodging Harry Kane from his starting spot ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year.
The likelihood is that Kane will continue to lead the line, potentially even captaining the side, but Rashford will need to be on his toes to jump at any chance that comes his way- especially as England’s injury record isn’t great ahead of major tournaments and the dreaded curse of the metatarsal hovers around Gareth Southgate’s side.
Whilst Manchester United will fend off interest in a loan deal for Rashford, West Ham’s interest and opportunities ahead of the World Cup could lead the 19-year-old to force through a move and the Hammers should make an approach to see where it leads- as he’d be a sensational addition for club’s campaign at the London Stadium next term.