Manuel Pellegrini's past comments on West Ham United target Diego Costa

Diego Costa of Chelsea scores his sides first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United are said to be interested in Diego Costa, as they hunt for a new striker.

Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England.

Manuel Pellegrini has previously stated to Eurosport that he felt West Ham United strike target Diego Costa needed to change, but he was a ‘top player’.

The Daily Mirror claim that West Ham are the latest side to be interested in the Atletico Madrid forward, who looks set to move this summer.

If West Ham do make the transfer it will be an interesting move, as Pellegrini has previously commented on Costa before and it was not all positive.

 

After Costa was sent off when playing for Chelsea against Liverpool for a stamp, Pellegrini said: "He is a great player, a very important player.

"He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment - and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow - it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn't need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player."

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) discusses with Everton's Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg during the English Premier League football match between Everton and...

Costa’s disciplinary problems still have not been eradicated out of his game, and at the age of 30, it seems unlikely that he will ever change his attitude on the pitch.

Pellegrini may be willing to make an exception for Costa’s angry flashes though, as West Ham do currently need a striker.

The Hammers have sold Marko Arnautovic this summer, meaning they are short of numbers up top.

It doesn’t seem like Costa is a leading candidate to be signed by West Ham at this stage, but he could be a possible option if they fail to land other targets.

Diego Costa of Spain looks on during a friendly match between Spain and Colombia at La Nueva Condomina stadium on June 7, 2017 in Murcia, Spain.

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