Bas Dost potentially available for free, should West Ham move?

Sporting CP forward Bas Dost from Holland during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Sporting Lisbon striker would be an excellent addition to the West Ham United squad.

The former coach of Manchester City, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (L), arrives for the draw of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament, in Santiago, on July 12, 2016.

Manuel Pellegrini has a lot of work to do at West Ham this summer, if he is to build a squad of players who are capable of making a sustained push for the Europa League spots next term.

One particular area where the Chilean will want to strengthen is his centre-forward options, with Andy Carroll proving to be unreliable form a fitness perspective, and Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic's future in east London uncertain to say the least.

With this in mind, the Hammers should consider a move for Sporting Lisbon hitman Bas Dost, who could be available on a free transfer this summer, according to a report from Portuguese media outlet Record.

Sporting CP forward Bas Dost from Holland during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 6ft 5in striker was on fire for Sporting last season, notching up an incredible 34 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese outfit.

At 29, the Holland international is now in the prime years of his career, and the potential of snapping him up on a free transfer is an opportunity that the Hammers cannot afford to miss.

Dost would act as a fantastic focal point for West Ham's attacking play, and his impressive endurance, combined with his intelligent play would help add a certain level of potency to their attack.

Sporting's Dutch forward Bas Dost (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League Round of 32 second leg football match between Sporting CP and FC Astana at the Jose...

The Sporting ace is incredibly strong in the air, and is not afraid to mx things up physically - two attributes that make him ideally suited to the robust nature of the Premier League.

If Dost is allowed to walk away from his contract with the Portuguese club, West Ham quite simply must attempt to bring him to the London Stadium.

If Pellegrini is successful in bringing the Dutchman to east London, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the club.

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