A Roy Hodgson-era England strikeforce is available for absolutely nothing this summer. Thanks largely to horrible luck with injuries, Daniel Sturridge, Andy Carroll and Welbeck are all without a club less than a month before the new Premier League season kicks off.
But if Welbeck can prove his fitness after missing most of last season with a broken ankle, he still has plenty to offer.
A 28-year-old who has played top level football for Manchester United and Arsenal, he could be an inspired addition on a free transfer for many a club in the middle of the Premier League table.
West Ham certainly need attacking reinforcements despite splashing out a club-record £45 million fee for Sebastien Haller and The Standard reports that they have lined up Welbeck as a back-up to the Frenchman.
But £115,000 a week for a benchwarmer who failed to play more than 20 Premier League games in three of the last four seasons is understandably considered a little too costly.
Welbeck might be an expensive risk who just isn’t worth taking. Especially as they have only recently forced the perma-crocked Andy Carroll out of the London Stadium.
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