Why West Ham must try to sign 26-year-old Arsenal star on loan to revive PL campaign
COMMENT By Will Butcher
West Ham should make a loan offer for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck to save their flagging Premier League season.
The 26-year-old is desperate for game time as he looks to recover from a long-term knee injury that has kept him sidelined since May 2016.
A loan move away from north London may be the only way to provide that first-team football, as Arsenal’s number 23 will struggle to oust his in-form striker rivals.
The 34-time England international faces plenty of competition in Arsene Wenger’s title-chasing side, with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez all vying for a first-team slot.
That could mean the former Manchester United forward looks to jump ship in order to finalise his recovery from injury, and a short trip across London could provide just that.
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West Ham have been chasing a striker all season long, as Croatian manager Slaven Bilic looks to bring in the fire power that can replicate the form that saw West Ham finish seventh last season.
The likes of Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Andre Ayew have failed to do the business for the Hammers, managing a grand total of one goal between all three forwards.
That has seen Bilic look to sign proven homegrown talent this month, with bids rejected for Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe and Brentford’s Scott Hogan. But a move for Welbeck could be the key to unlock West Ham’s form.
Able to offer depth out side as well as reliable quality as a centre-forward, Welbeck has had a hand in 55 goals during his 154 Premier League career appearances. Scoring 34 himself, the forward has also provided 21 assists.
His pace to get in behind, outstanding leap and aerial ability, and willingness to work hard as the first line of his side’s defence could be crucial as the Hammers look to avoid a relegation fight.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic has been given the go ahead to sign this £15million-rated goalkeeper.