By Matt Farr
West Ham are in talks to sign veteran Premier League striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to a report.
The 36-year-old striker is currently without a club following his release from Greek outfit PAOK at the end of last season, but could be set for a spectacular return to England’s top-flight.
Bulgarian sports news outlet Gong claim Berbatov has flown to West Ham with his agent Emil Danchev to negotiate a potential move to the Olympic Stadium.
They claim that the Hammers ready to offer him a short-term deal until the end of the season, with an option to extend by a further six months.
Slaven Bilic has been in the market for a new striker this month, to help act as cover to premier goalscorer Andy Carroll, who struggles with injuries.
His search appeared to have come to a close, however, after failing in his attempts to land Brentford’s Scott Hogan – who is set for Aston Villa.
But, Berbatov does remain a possibility, given his vast Premier League experience. He scored 94 league goals from 229 appearances in the top-tier, representing Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham.
Football Insider verdict
Transfer deadline day is often full of surprises, and if West Ham pull it off, this would be one of the biggest of the day. Berbatov is no stranger to life in the Premier League, and is keen on a return to football after spending six months without a club. He wouldn’t be considered a first-team regular in east London, but he could play an important role as a squad member, acting as cover and a rotation option for Slaven Bilic in the midst of a testing Premier League schedule. Unlike some other potential destinations for Berbatov, including the Championship, West Ham would be able to meet his wage demands. He may not be at a level where he can score goals week-in, week-out for West Ham, but he’d certainly net some important ones.
In other West Ham transfer news, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has delivered his verdict on West Ham’s winter signings.