By Danny Wright
West Ham are plotting a bid for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to a report.
The Express and Star claims that Irons boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to bolster his attacking options this summer and has turned his attention towards Albion’s Venezuelan international.
It is understood that the Baggies rejected a £32million bid for the 27-year-old from ultra-rich Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in the January transfer window, and despite scoring just one goal since, the Hammers’ desperation sees them focus their efforts on signing him.
Rondon has struggled to find consistency ever since he became West Brom’s record signing in a £12million switch from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015.
In 80 appearances in the Premier League for Albion, the target man has scored just 18 goals with the majority of which coming from his head.
It’s no secret that West Ham are short of options up front, with injury-prone due Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho the only traditional options at Bilic’s disposal.
However West Brom aren’t exactly blessed in that area too, and that could mean that Tony Pulis may not be fond of the Irons’ interest with just Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez his only other strikers.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham are definitely barking up the wrong tree if they think that Rondon can lead their front line to glory next season. He has had enough chances to try and win over the crowd at the Hawthorns, but time and time again he seems to let his good form come and go. He looked to hit a turning point in the first half of last season after netting seven times by mid-December. But just one goal in 22 games is inexcusable for a player of his quality, even if it is in a defence-minded Pulis team. The Irons are better off pursuing Olivier Giroud, who could be available at a similar price to Rondon.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has confirmed that the Irons are close to sealing their second signing of the summer.