Never heard of him Hammers fans? Well here’s all you need to know about the possible January signing.
With £15 million summer signing Andy Carroll still out injured and manager Sam Allardyce having to bring back released striker Carlton Cole on a short-term deal to cover a lack of firepower, it’s no surprise to see the East London outfit linked with a front man in the next transfer window.
It’s just a surprise that the man is an Icelandic international plying his trade in Holland.
Heerenveen’s Alfreð Finnbogason has been scoring for fun in the Eredivisie and has eleven goals in eight league appearances so far this campaign. But what else is there to know about him?
1) He was born in the fishing town of Grindavik but spent two years living in Edinburgh and played for boys’ club Hutchison Vale.
2) After playing in the youth side for Breidablik alongside Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, his first senior season in 2009 saw him score 13 goals in 18 games.
3) After helping the club win their first ever league and cup titles, he joined Belgian club Lokeren in 2010. An unsuccessful spell followed, scoring just six goals.
4) Following a loan spell at Swedish club Helsingborgs where he scored 13 times in 22 games, he joined Heerenveen in 2012 and set a record for most goals scored by an Icelandic footballer in a season, scoring 24 in 33 as they finished in eighth place.
5) He has 18 caps for his country, scoring four goals. Two of those came during the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign which isn’t over yet, with Iceland taking on Croatia in the play-offs for a place in Brazil next summer.
West Ham fans, do you think he could be the man to supply the goals? Give us your opinion.
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