West Ham should enter race to sign Southampton's Rodriguez on loan

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in action with Manchester City's Samir Nasri

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez could be a useful temporary signing for West Ham United in the wake of Andre Ayew's injury.

West Ham United's Andre Ayew receives medical attention before going off injuredWest Ham United's Andre Ayew has been ruled out for up to four months

With the desperately unfortunate news that West Ham's new record signing Andre Ayew is set to miss up to four months after sustaining a thigh injury during the Hammers' 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Monday night (BBC Sport), Slaven Bilic must move to make an adequate replacement in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.

An ideal option for them would be a temporary deal for Southampton's Jay Rodriguez, who has been linked with a season-long loan move to Hull City this morning (The Sun).

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez looks dejected after having a goal disallowedSouthampton's Jay Rodriguez 

In Ayew's absence, the Hammers already have Andy Carroll, Jonathan Calleri, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho as forward options, although the latter two have been heavily linked with the exit door.

Carroll's history with injuries proves that he cannot be relied upon to lead the line for the whole of the season, and Bilic should consider a loan move for Rodriguez to compete with Carroll as his lead target man, and to provide extra options for the Croatian during Ayew's absence.

Milton Keynes Dons' Lee Hodson (L) in action with Southampton's Jay Rodriguez Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in action

Rodriguez has an imposing physical presence and has fantastic aerial ability, whilst possessing impressive pace for a big man. He is most comfortable playing through the middle, although he has been utilised in the wide left position for the Saints in the past, so would offer a useful alternative should Bilic need to mix things up during a game.

The former Burnley striker is still being nursed back from a long-term injury and made only three Premier League starts last term, so a loan move to West Ham would only be worthwhile if he was to be given the opportunity of regular first-team football.

Surely, with Ayew's injury, and Carroll's unreliability, this is something Rodriguez would achieve in East London, and it is a move that the club should seriously consider.

Red Bull Salzburg's Naby Keita and Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in actionRed Bull Salzburg's Naby Keita and Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in action 

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