Should West Ham turn to two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner as temporary answer in search for new striker?

Upton Park gate - West Ham

The Premier League side are on the lookout for a marquee striker.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

With Alexandre Lacazette deciding that he would not be interested in a move to West Ham this summer, according to an HITC Sport exclusive, Slaven Bilic may well be weighing up potential alternatives as he looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season, and one possible target that may not be on his radar, but perhaps should be, is Fenerbahce's Robin van Persie.

With the Hammers looking to build upon their hugely promising seventh place finish from last season, they arguably need a striker that has a proven track record in the Premier League to help them take that next step, which van Persie certainly has.

Robin Van Persie celebrates after scoring the third goal for Manchester UnitedRobin Van Persie

The Dutchman scored 144 league goals during his time with Arsenal and Manchester United at a strike-rate of around a goal every two games, before he departed for Fenerbahce last summer. 

In Turkey, his record remained just as impressive with 14 strikes coming in 29 league games. Despite that return however, the London Evening Standard reports that the club's president Azil Yildirim has left the door open for the 32-year-old to move on in the coming months.

"Van Persie? We're waiting for buyers, if he wants to be sold," he said, as reported by the Evening Standard.

Robin van Persie - Arsenal

Though his age and injury record means that he is certainly not the long-term solution to the Irons' search for a forward that is going to lead the line with devastating effect for years to come, his recent record proves that he still has plenty to offer for the time-being, and signing a player with his reputation may make it easier for them to lure even bigger names to the club in the future.

And given his age, and the fact that Fenerbahce appear to be willing to let him move on if a suitable bid comes in, it seems unlikely that he will cost anything like the fee it would have taken to complete a deal for Lacazette - the Mirror reports that Lyon want £40m plus add-ons for the Frenchman.

Manchester United's Robin Van Persie misses a penalty

And while the 25-year-old has the potential to get even better, signing him would arguably represent a bigger gamble for West Ham than signing van Persie would given the size of the fee and the fact that Lacazette is still very much unproven in the English game. 

Manchester United fans will admit that it was worth signing van Persie when they did as, even if he was only at his peak for one season with the Red Devils, it was his goals during that campaign that inspired the side to the title. 

And his recent record suggests that he could have a similarly devastating impact to help West Ham achieve their target for the season and help make the club a much more attractive opportunity to the marquee names that the Hammers go after in the future. 

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch