Andy Carroll out, said Pellegrini target Andrej Kramaric in: Potentially superb business from West Ham

Andrej Kramaric of TSG Hoffenheim looks on during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and VfL Wolfsburg at PreZero-Arena on April 28, 2019 in Sinsheim, Germany.

West Ham United have been credited with an interest in signing the Hoffenheim ace.

Manuel Pellegrini manager

West Ham have been really disappointing this season, and Manuel Pellegrini must address some key issues this summer, if he is to guide his side to a top seven finish next term.

Perhaps the area in most need of attention is his centre-forward department, with Andy Carroll set to leave on a free transfer this summer, and the futures of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic still uncertain.

With this in mind, the Hammers should move for Hoffenheim hitman Andrej Kramaric this summer.

 

The 27-year-old has been in stunning form in Germany this season, racking up 21 goals and five assists in 34 appearances in all competitions thus far for Hoffenheim.

Italian website Calcio Mercato claimed last month that West Ham are keen on signing the Croatia international this summer, and if they are successful, he could be a really useful addition for the club.

Despite standing at just 5ft 10in tall, Kramaric is a really strong centre-forward, and he excels when partaking in physical battles with defenders - something that makes him ideally suited to the Premier League.

Andrej Kramaric of Croatia celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Croatia and Greece at Stadion Maksimir on November 9, 2017 in...

German media outlet TZ claimed last summer that Hoffenheim value the 27-year-old at around €50 million (£43 million), and considering the incredible season he is enjoying, it is unlikely that they will lower their demands.

Whether West Ham will be prepared to pay that amount remains to be seen, but they should make every attempt to sign the Croatian nevertheless.

Andrej Kramaric of TSG Hoffenheim celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and TSG Hoffenheim at WWK-Arena on April 07, 2019 in...

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