Signing Alfredo Morelos could be inspired gamble for West Ham

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

West Ham are reportedly one of the Premier League sides interested in signing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow,...

It has been suggested by the Daily Record this week that West Ham are one of the Premier League sides interested in signing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos this summer.

Signing Morelos has largely been a masterstroke for the Gers, with 48 goals coming in 91 appearances in all competitions, including 30 strikes last season. Those figures in isolation could leave plenty wondering why Rangers have not had to work much harder to keep the Colombian.

 

But of course, there is another side to Morelos' game with the 23-year-old being sent off on five occasions last season. His discipline issues look to be the main reason that another side is yet to meet Rangers' asking price for a player who clearly has a ruthless touch in front of goal.

Nevertheless, West Ham making a move for the striker could be an inspired gamble.

West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Southampton at The London Stadium, in east London...

Manuel Pellegrini's men have to strengthen their attacking options before the season starts. Marko Arnautovic finished the campaign as their top goalscorer in the Premier League with just 10 goals. And of course, he has since left the London Stadium in seemingly acrimonious circumstances. 

After the Austrian's time with the club, the Hammers may be wary of stepping up their interest in Morelos. But if Pellegrini can take his game to the next level, it could be a fantastic piece of business.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates after he scores the third goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in...

He is still young. And, while some of his decision-making has been extremely poor, it is no surprise that he has lost his cool at times given that Scottish Premiership defenders have had to resort to controversial tactics to try and wind Morelos up as he is often too good to be kept quiet at that level.

If Pellegrini can successfully work on that part of Morelos' game, West Ham would have a brilliant talent on their hands, and the kind of lethal finisher who could be devastating playing in front of the likes of Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini.

It is a roll of the dice to target Morelos this summer. But if it pays off for the Hammers, it could be a game-changing signing.

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