West Ham United need to bring in a number of strikers this summer.
West Ham United made a big splash by signing Villarreal playmaker Pablo Fornals last month, but they're now facing major problems in attack.
Lucas Perez was sold to Alaves, whilst Andy Carroll was allowed to move on when his contract expired, leaving West Ham two strikers down – though those decision were absolutely the correct ones.
Now, ESPN report that Javier Hernandez is keen to move on with just a year left on his contract, whilst Sky Sports claim Marko Arnautovic has submitted a transfer request as Chinese interest mounts again.
If those two leave as well, West Ham will be left with Jordan Hugill as their only senior striker, and he's never started a competitive game for the club.
West Ham face a problem replacing them too. Selling Perez barely brought any money in, Carroll was let go for free, and with Hernandez and Arnautovic in their 30's, West Ham can't expect massive fees for them either.
Having splashed the cash on Fornals, West Ham may now need to think about cut-price striking options, just to beef up Pellegrini's pecking order. Paying for two strikers and getting in a free agent may be ideal, and that should make Danny Welbeck more appealing.
The Mirror claimed in April that West Ham were keeping tabs on Welbeck, who is now out of contract after his Arsenal deal expired on Sunday.
The 28-year-old is coming off a major injury, which is obviously a concern. However, he has more left in the tank than fellow free agent Daniel Sturridge, and he has decent pace and movement to offer something different to targets Salomon Rondon or Maxi Gomez.
Welbeck has experience in the Premier League, and his free agent status means he can join West Ham whilst leaving key funds to bring in big-name additions in attack.
Fans may not be excited about Welbeck, especially having seen Carroll and Jack Wilshere suffer injury woes, but these budget problems mean that they may need to take a calculated punt on a free agent – and Welbeck is the most appealing one after 32 goals in 123 games for Arsenal.
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