West Ham will have to cough up nearly €40 million to sign a striker with 23 league goals last season.

Now that Max Kilman is a West Ham player all attention can turn to bringing in a striker. Everyone knows about how much bad luck they’ve had when it comes to finding a replacement for Michail Antonio. Great strikers seem to just crumble when they put on the claret and blue shirt, yet it’s more important now than ever that they find someone who can break the mould.

In order to do just that they’re going to have to sign someone who not only has a proven track record of finding the back of the net at a good level, but also someone that will really suit Julen Lopetegui’s vision.

According to Spanish news site AS, they could look to bring in Alexander Sørloth to solve their forward woes. The Norwegian scored 23 goals in 34 La Liga games last season and managed to assist a further 6 along the way.

Despite standing at a staggering 6’4, he is very agile and has great movement on as well as off the ball. Obviously, heading is also a massive strength of his but his ability to put the ball in the back of the net with his feet is outstanding. As his 6 assists might suggest, he possesses pinpoint passing, making him pivotal to Villareal’s buildup play,

All this combined could make him the perfect for Lopetegui’s system. Unfortunately, his price tag of €38 million (his release clause) could be a massive hurdle as the Hammers have already spent £75 million this Summer. Until the last two seasons, the 28-year-old had never hit double figures in any of Europe’s top 5 leagues and he had been a massive flop at Crystal Palace over his two campaigns with the club.

Although he has the makings of a No.9 who could really thrive under Lopetegui, it’s a massive risk spending that sort of money on someone who’s only really found remarkable form this season. Given his age, he also has very little sell on value which is something the club will be mindful of with the new PSR rules.

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