By Will Butcher
Trevor Sinclair believes the signing of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho would prove to be a major coup for West Ham this summer.
The London Evening Standard reported last month that the Hammers were willing to meet City’s £20million valuation of the 20-year-old striker.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, former Hammers winger Sinclair claimed it would be “massive” if his old side completed a move for “goalgetter” Iheanacho.
Kelechi to West Ham is massive if it goes through #GoalGetter
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) June 3, 2017
West Ham have been after a big-name striker for much of Slaven Bilic’s two-year tenure as manager, but the Croat boss has so far failed to sign a prolific forward.
Last summer, Bilic brought Andre Ayew, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri to the London Stadium but the trio managed a combined seven goals.
Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho have both suffered with multiple injuries this season, and that is likely to see the Hammers bring a striker to east London this summer.
Nigeria international Iheanacho has had to play second fiddle to Sergio Aguero, but managed to find the back of the net seven times despite starting only nine of his 29 appearances this season.
It remains to be seen if the Hammers can striker a deal to bring Iheanacho to Stratford, with four years still to run on the youngster’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Football Insider verdict:
After solving the right-back problem with the signing of Iheanacho’s former teammate Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer, Bilic must now focus on bringing a striker to the London Stadium. The former Besiktas and Croatia boss must bring in a forward that is prolific in the Premier League, capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis without having an abundance of chances to do just that. With plenty of years ahead of him, £20million for Iheanacho is a bargain but is must be considered that the pacey forward does need a handful of chances to score. At Man City, the striker is afforded a number of chances when playing due to the quality of Pep Guardiola’s side but that will be different with West Ham. Other options must be considered first, before penning the signature of Man City’s number 72.
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