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Now West Ham prepare move for Salomon Rondon – Report

3 months ago
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Friday brings news that West Ham are now preparing to make their move for Salomon Rondon.

The Hammers are said to be planning a major attacking overhaul this summer and that Manuel Pellegrini is to be backed in the transfer market once again.

After taking the job last summer, the newly installed Hammers boss was backed with around £100m of new signing, including Brazilian international Felipe Anderson recruited for the best part of £40m.

Now the Northern Echo report that their information is that West Ham see Salomon Rondon as an ideal recruit in this attacking overhaul.

Whilst Mike Ashley is widely reported as insisting on a return to only buying players in their early twenties, the Hammers will continue to recruit the best players they can get whatever the ago.

Last summer winger Yarmolenko was brought in just before he turned 29, whilst a 33 year old Fabianski was also signed by Pellegrini.

The summer before (2017), almost £40m was spent on bringing in a 29 year old Chicarito and 28 year old Arnautovic.

Similarly, January 2017 saw West Ham recruit a 33 year old Jose Fonte and a 29 year old Robert Snodgrass.

This isn’t simply a celebration of buying older players and of course just like younger players, not all of them work out, but it is showing backing for the manager and with older experienced signings they do tend to have a higher success rate.

Despite the likes of Federico Fernandez, Ki Sung-yeung, Martin Dubravka and Salomon Rondon all having done a good to excellent job, Mike Ashley simply sees older players who will generally end up with little or no resale value.

Salomon Rondon is such a pivotal issue, as if Ashley refuses to sign him, you can’t imagine in any way that Rafa Benitez would stick around.

Rondon may turn 30 in September but with nine goals in his last 19 Premier League appearances, also five PL assists this season, as well as that goal and performance in Venezuela’s win over Messi and Argentina, the striker is in the form of his life.

Why wouldn’t you pay the £16.5m asking price to sign him.

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