West Ham fans will surely be disappointed if they sign Luis Muriel over Kelechi Iheanacho with latter available for £4m less

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been linked with two strikers in recent times, Luis Muriel and Kelechi Iheanacho.

According to a recent report from The Sun, West Ham are interested in signing Luis Muriel this summer as Slaven Bilic looks to bolster his attacking options following a difficult season for the Hammers.

The Sun reported that Muriel has a £24 million release clause which the Irons are prepared to meet. But given how the Colombian has fared this past season, it would surely be a major disappointment for the West Ham supporters if the 26-year-old arrived while a slightly cheaper target headed elsewhere.

Luis MurielLuis Muriel

The same report from The Sun has confirmed that West Ham want to sign Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho, while Sky Sports has suggested that the Nigeria international will cost any interested side £20 million.

So surely there should only be one striker the Irons pursue this summer.

During the past season, Muriel scored 11 times in 31 games for Sampdoria. Although Iheanacho's strike-rate appears much more underwhelming with four Premier League goals coming in 20 games this past term, he only started five times in the top flight so his minutes per goal ratio is actually very impressive, as it was during the previous campaign when he scored eight times in 26 games, which saw him start seven.

And with Iheanacho set to get considerably better as he gets older and gets more minutes under his belt, it surely makes little sense for West Ham to pay £4 million extra for a player who has no Premier League experience, and whose form would surely leave the majority of supporters wondering whether they may have taken an unnecessary gamble. 

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho shoots at goalManchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho

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