Should West Ham or Crystal Palace look to sign Alexandre Pato this summer?

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West Ham and Crystal Palace are looking for a striker, and Pato could be the answer.

According to the Daily Mail, Alexandre Pato has been offered to a number of Premier League clubs, and is looking for a switch to London.

The 25-year-old striker is ‘keen to come to England and play in one of the big cities’, but due to the downturn in his career, it is more likely a mid-table team could offer him a deal.

If Pato’s name was linked with the likes of West Ham or Palace six or seven years ago, many would have suggested there would be no chance of a move. However, his reputation has lessened in recent years, and a club of that size would be perfect for him.

Whilst his reputation may not bring the same draw as it used to, there is no denying that his goal record is still exceptional for a player of his ability.

In 28 games for Brazil, Pato has netted 10 goals, playing in his natural striking position. With AC Milan he scored 63 goals in 150 games - despite being forced out onto the wing - and his current spell with Sao Paulo has brought a return of 17 goals in 54 games.

He looks to be getting back to the form that earned him international caps as a teenager, and the forward wants to return to Europe to play in the Premier League.

Both Palace and West Ham are referenced in the article as being a team in need of a striker, and who represent the mid-table London-based side that Pato is interested in.

He would certainly fix the issue of needing a goalscorer, and Pato’s record suggests that he would be able to step up to the Premier League. He was a consistent scorer in Serie A when it was still the defensively strong league usually associated with it, and with his form returning, he could represent a wise signing.

Any transfer fee would not be too high, and at 25 he still has many years ahead of him to develop before he reaches top form.

There will always be doubts surrounding Pato due to his early promise, but if given the chance to impress in the Premier League, the Brazilian striker could prove to be a great signing - and a club such as West Ham or Palace would be perfect for him to show himself off in the Premier League.

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