West Ham reportedly planning 2020 signing, should they target Morelos?

Manuel Pellegrini  of West Ham United  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United allowed Javier Hernandez to leave for Sevilla last week.

Manuel Pellegrini  of West Ham United  during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United curiously let another striker leave last week, as Javier Hernandez completed a late move to Sevilla before the European deadline.

The Hammers had already allowed Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Jordan Hugill leave the club, and only brought in Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti.

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Hernandez was still allowed to leave though, and Sky Sports claim the money from his exit will be put towards a new recruit in 2020, most likely in January.

 

With Ajeti unproven, West Ham are likely to pursue another striker in January, and going back to target Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos could be a smart move.

The Daily Star reported over the summer that West Ham wanted to sign Morelos, and were willing to pay around £10million to sign lure him away from Ibrox.

Rangers would almost certainly demand more than that, but armed with cash from the Hernandez deal, West Ham should consider a new move in January.

Haller is the undoubted first-choice; a big, physical centre forward who can lead the line. Morelos would be a fine complement to him though, possessing fine movement in behind defences as well as the ability to hold the ball up.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

His disciplinary problems have been a big red flag, but he hasn't been in quite as much trouble so far this season, with fears that he could be another controversial character like Arnautovic somewhat dissipating.

Morelos is just 23, meaning he has bags of potential yet, and his record for Rangers is already stunning, smashing 58 goals in 101 games for the Gers since signing from HJK Helsinki in 2017.

Some may have concerns about a player taking a big step up from Scottish football, but the likes of Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama have eased those concerns in recent years.

If West Ham do push for a new striker, then it should be another up-and-comer like Morelos rather than a veteran like Mario Mandzukic, and having looked at him this summer, he should be near the top of the list to replace Hernandez as a similar goal poacher type striker.

Javier Hernandez of Sevilla FC poses during his unveiling at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 02, 2019 in Seville, Spain.

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