West Ham and Big Sam have had a lot of striker problems so far this season. Their star signing in the summer was Andy Carroll who they reportedly forked out £15 million for, as well as giving him wages of £100,000 a week. Unfortunately he has had a recurring Achilles injury that has kept him out all season so far.
West Ham’s other striking options haven’t had the best of season’s either. They are expected to invest in another forward in January, and The Mirror has reported that they are interested in Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan is currently at Internacional in Brazil but would be open to a move to England.
Forlan must feel that he has something to prove in England. Obviously he has shown elsewhere that he is a class striker. His career after leaving Manchester United has been phenomenal. He twice won the Pichichi trophy in Spain, awarding to the top goalscorer in a season. He was also named the best player at the 2010 World Cup where he led Uruguay to a fourth place finish. His spell in England is the only blip in his career, so what better way to put that demon to rest than by joining West Ham.
The Hammers are in need of goals and have only scored nine goals in the league so far. Their top goalscorer is Ravel Morrison with three. Their only recognised fit out and out strikers at the moment are Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric. Sam Allardyce attracted many stars to Bolton Wanderers, who were coming to the end of the careers, and that turned out well. Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro amongst others. Forlan is still banging in the goals for Internacional, and Uruguay, so wouldn’t represent too much of a gamble.
I would like to see Diego Forlan in the Premier League once more, as I feel it is a shame we missed out on seeing him at the peak of his career. Whilst he is not at that stage anymore I believe he could offer a lot to West Ham.