Noel Whelan claimed Alfredo Morelos has a lot to prove both on and off the field and urged West Ham to think carefully before signing him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted there are big question marks over the 23-year-old’s attitude and credentials against elite level players.
According to the Daily Mail, Rangers may be forced into selling the Colombian as they look to counter the financial implications of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Hammers are the latest club to express an interest in the striker who has scored 29 goals this season.
Whelan claimed recruitment at the London Stadium has been poor in recent years and suggested signing the Rangers forward could be yet another mistake.
“Talent and ability is not in question but attitude is,” he told Football Insider.
“West Ham have bought a lot of foreign players with the wrong attitude, that is what has let them down. They have spent a lot of money on players who have not got the heart and not got the desire and it is easy for them to jump ship when the seas get a bit rough.
“Hopefully, Morelos can be a better person at West Ham.
“It is one thing scoring 30 in the Scottish Premiership but can you do it in the Premier League. He is not going to be playing against Dundee United and Kilmarnock every week.
“He will be against world-class defenders week in, week out. That will be a massive test for him. We have seen him struggle to score against Celtic with good defenders and organisation.
“If they go out there and spend big money he needs to prove himself on and off the field.”
Since Steven Gerrard took charge at Ibrox, Morelos has missed a total of 19 games for disciplinary matters.
Most recently being dropped by the Gers manager for reporting back 24 hours late from a midweek trip to his home country.
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