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26th Apr, 2017 | 5:36pm

Why West Ham must avoid a summer move for this PL hitman at all costs

COMMENT By Matt Farr

West Ham’s continued struggles in front of goal leave the club on the brink of re-igniting their pursuit of a prolific goalscorer this summer.

A striker was hot on the agenda for the London outfit during the January window, with a number of experienced and proven performers linked.

One name repeatedly linked with a move to the Olympic Stadium is Liverpool outcast Daniel Sturridge, with the Sun on Sunday reporting the club were prepared to enter negotiations with the Hammers.

However, West Ham must avoid this transfer at all costs.

Sturridge has an impressive goalscoring record, and could add a lot to West Ham’s attacking game in that respect.

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But the big concern remains his weakness to injury, and his inability to stay fit for an entire season. West Ham have enough players like that already in their ranks.

Andy Carroll can’t be relied on to be a prolific goalscorer, and neither can Diafra Sakho. Both players have spent considerable time on the sidelines this season, and West Ham have suffered.

Sturridge would be no different.

The Liverpool hitman has seen yet another season at Anfield cut short by injury, with the 27-year-old having played just 384 minutes of first team football this season.

He has, meanwhile, featured just five times in the Premier League since the start of the year, with a hip injury his latest niggling concern.

Sturridge is likely to be made available this summer, and could well be available for a fair price as the frustrations over his lack of availability at Anfield increase.

But despite his proven track record in the Premier League, there will be much more reliable prospects elsewhere. West Ham just have to find them.

In other West Ham transfer news, Football Insider reveals three reasons why the club should re-sign this reportedly frustrated PL midfielder.

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