West Ham United's pursuit of a new striker took another twist this week, as they failed to secure a deal for Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez – their top target.
West Ham must now go back into the market to find a new striker to target, and a whole host of candidates have been linked with joining Manuel Pellegrini's side.
The latest name linked is Gonzalo Higuain, as Gianluca Di Marzio reports that West Ham have registered an interest in signing the Argentinian, who is back in Turin.
Higuain spent the second half of last season on loan at Chelsea, scoring five goals in 18 games, before heading back to parent club Juve, where he is surplus to requirements despite a record of 55 goals in 105 games.
That may be appealing to West Ham, as Pellegrini coached Higuain at Real Madrid, and guided him to a 29-goal campaign in their one season together, during the 2009-10 season.
West Ham fans have now been taking to Twitter to react to the rumours, with some believing that such a big name would be a major addition to Pellegrini's side, even a dream come true to some.
Others aren't so keen on the idea of spending big money on a striker past his best, believing a move would be cause for concern and simply not what Pellegrini should be aiming for.
Going from (potentially) Haller to (potentially) Higuain in the space of a couple hours is such a downer looool, I'm just gonna avoid transfer rumours now and prepare for a mediocre season— ashley. (@AshleyWHUFC) July 10, 2019
No thanks— Casey Newson (@casey_newson) July 11, 2019
Wow yes please— Steven Goff (@stevenjgoff) July 11, 2019
... My dreams would come true if this happened.. he was a beast when he played for Madrid.— NG1993 (@nealguise) July 11, 2019
Very torn on the Higuain rumours. Yes he has quality, no doubt over that. But he rarely showed it with Chelsea last season and he doesn't look like he's fit enough to be running around for 90mins.— West Ham News & Views (@WHUFC_News_6) July 11, 2019
Id be okay if he signed, but also concerned lol. #WHUFC
Also just remembered that Pellegrini managed Higuain before when he was at Real Madrid. He must be on at least £200k a week too, so that's a massive investment if we're considering a purchase for a 31 year old who looks to be on the downside— BKHammer (@BKhammer1) July 10, 2019
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