West Ham look to Real Madrid striker to solve striking problem

Sam Allardyce

West Ham have struggled for goals this year and will want to bring in at least one striker in January

West Ham have struggled for goals this season, having scored just nine in the Premier League so far. Fortunately for them, their defence has been tight and they have only conceded eleven goals. Otherwise they would have been in serious trouble and a lot worse off than their current position of 16th. The answer to their problem could be Jese Rodriguez of Real Madrid.

The signing of number one target Andy Carroll in the summer delighted 'Big Sam' and the West Ham board, and they look set to shape their squad and their formation around the England international. After a successful loan spell, Carroll joined the Hammers from Liverpool for a fee in the region of £15 million, and is reportedly on £100,000 a week. Unfortunately he has yet to play a game this season due to a serious heel injury. In a further setback he has then been suffering from a stomach infection which in turn has led to him losing a lot of weight. So it could even be next year until Carroll is fit to play.

In the meantime Sam Allardyce has had Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole to choose from. Vaz Te came into a good run of form before he also picked up a serious injury. He dislocated his shoulder and could be out for three months. Petric has only featured three times for a total of 68 minutes, Maiga featured in the first six matches without scoring, and Cole only rejoined the club last month, and has made three appearances from the bench.

Luckily there have been goals coming from midfield, particularly from Ravel Morrison. He has been the outstanding performer for the club so far this season, and the attacking midfielder has netted five goals in all competitions so far.

Jese Rodriguez of Real Madrid is 20-years-old and could be available on a loan deal. The links to West Ham have been reported on numerous websites and newspapers. He has so far played in five league games, and two Champions League games this season. All have been substitute appearances, and he has scored one goal in that time. He is highly rated at the club, but could be allowed to leave in search of more first-team football. West Ham would welcome his addition. Known just as Jese, the attacker scored five goals for the Spanish Under-20 side at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey this year. He would be an exciting prospect for West Ham that would hopefully lead to more goals.

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