Time for West Ham to renew interest in Dutch striking sensation

FC Twente

West Ham would do well to renew their interest in Dutch striker Luc Castaignos.

The less said about Andy Carroll's fitness the better, but the fact the club are yet to find a striking solution is well-documented.

The Hammers have done their utmost to explore the free agent market, and even play without a frontman, but it has only left them in 16th position, scoring the joint third fewest goals in the Premier League.

They have netted nine times in 11 games, with three coming in one match in a surprisingly easy 3-0 away win at an equally toothless Tottenham.

They will got back to the drawing board in the January transfer window, and several names are likely being considered; but here's our recommendation.

Back in summer 2012, the Mirror reported on Sam Allardyce's ultimately fruitless trip to Italy, where the paper claimed he visited Inter Milan to attempt to sign Luc Castaignos.

The young Dutchman had caught the eye as a Feyenoord youngster where he was compared to Thierry Henry for his pace and finishing ability, but failed to settle at Inter at what was a time of transition for the Italian club and was made available for transfer after just one season.

Castaignos preferred to go back to Holland rather than West Ham, where he felt he had more of a guaranteed chance of getting his career back on track, instead of attempting to adjust to another new culture.

Now approaching one-and-a-half seasons back at FC Twente, it's fair to say he has done that, and West Ham United probably have a better chance of snapping him up now than they did when they first approached him.

Castaignos, still only 21, scored 14 goals for the Dutch side last season, and this campaign he already has 10 in all competitions for club and country in 18 matches.

He signed back at Twente for £5.2 million, and West Ham would likely have to up that bid, but could aim to sign him for under £10 million from Steve McClaren's old side.

Not making it in Italy at a young age is no shame, even the real Thierry Henry had an unsuccessful spell at Juventus before joining Arsenal.

Castaignos has the raw talent and pace which defenders hate, and dare we say it - He may actually be an ideal complement for Andy Carroll up front.

Check him out in action below...

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