Long term West Ham target has reportedly had a massive price drop ahead of the Summer transfer window.

Given that he tried to sign him while he was at Wolves, it’s fair to say that Julen Lopetegui is a big fan of Michail Antonio. However, the Hammers’ No.9 simply can not be the first choice striker going forward.

His age, his injury record and the fact he just can’t play a full 90 minutes means he should really be a super sub/rotation player.

Fortunately, it is believed that one of the recruitment team’s top priorities this Summer is bringing in a new forward. With their need to fulfil the homegrown quota though, they may have to look closer to home in order to find the Jamaican international successor.

According to Hammers News, West Ham should now consider taking the risk on Armando Broja following a massive price drop. The 22-year-old’s loan to Fulham came and went with him having no real impact, and this has caused Chelsea’s valuation of him to drop from £50 million to £30 million.

While this is still a substantial amount and a massive risk considering his injury record as well as how little playing time he’s had in recent years, it is an amount that the Irons definitely could consider paying. He’s still extremely young and could easily get back on track to start fulfilling the potential he showed while on loan to Southampton.

Obviously, he was certainly someone that David Moyes once wanted to sign but if Lopetegui would share that same interest in the Albanian international remains to be seen. £30 million would be a large amount of the club’s Summer budget and they need to bring in at least 8 players – this may not be the time to take that sort of risk.

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