Alan Brazil suggested West Ham should try to rival Everton for the services of Atletico Madrid attacker Diego Costa.
“If he is unhappy at Athletico and it hasn’t quite record then he should come back here where he is really appreciated by certainly all the Chelsea boys,” said Allardyce on talkSPORT (8:35am, Thursday, July 11th).
“As a centre-forward, he was really difficult to handle, I think he played for Chelsea against Sunderland when we managed to beat them 3-2 in order to stay up that season, but I think he scored two in that game.
“He is just so clever with the ball, at holding the ball up.
“It doesn’t matter about his salary, pay it, y’know if the fee isn’t that great, if it’s not huge as he is getting on a little bit, big salaries are what you have to pay for a goalscorer.
“What you reap, you reward, don’t you?
“If he can get West Ham into the top half of the table and pushing on that little bit further into Europe with his goals, he is definitely the type of player who can be a massive hit.”
There’s no denying the Hammers need to sign attackers this summer as they’re looking a little short up top. The Hammers have already waved goodbye to Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll this summer, and you worry where the goals will come from as a result. This is especially the case after the club sold Arnautovic as the Austrian forward was the club’s top scorer in his 2018/19 season with 11 goals (Source: BBC). However, is Costa the type of player that West Ham should be targetting? The 30-year-old only managed five goals and three assists in the 21 outings he made in his latest campaign, and only averaged a match rating of 6.49 across his league outings (Source: WhoScored). Also, would Manuel Pellegrini really want a player with a dubious reputation adding to his squad? After all The Sun’s report dubs him a “bad boy”, a “rebel” and points out how he left Chelsea under a cloud after winning the league title in 2017.