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Ray Parlour claims Welbeck is perfect for West Ham

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Ray Parlour claimed former Arsenal attacker Danny Welbeck would be perfect for West Ham.

The Gunners legend shared he thought the 28-year-old free agent would be perfect for either West Ham or Newcastle United despite being told about the player’s wage demands.

“I think he would be perfect for West Ham or Newcastle,” said Parlour on talkSPORT (7:11am, Monday, July 29th).

The Sun reported on Sunday that Welbeck wants a weekly wage of £100,000 at his next club as well as wants a £5million signing-on fee, and the newspaper also claimed that the forward is struggling to find a new side as a result.


Parlour is clearly ignoring Welbeck’s injury record as when you consider his massive salary demands, he can’t be described as perfect for any club to sign. The 28-year-old has suffered several serious injuries during his career and even spent 200 days on the sidelines with an ankle injury in his latest campaign (Source: Transfermarkt). If Welbeck was open to a pay-as-you-play or taking a significantly lower wage then it would be easy to see where Parlour is coming from. After all the 28-year-old is a proven Premier League player. Welbeck has scored 42 goals, while assisting 26, in 206 appearances, so Manuel Pellegrini could sign him knowing that if he plays, then there’s a chance he’ll get goals. It’s also worth noting that the 28-year-old was having a good season in his 2018/19 campaign before getting injured. Welbeck scored five goals in his 14 outings and impressively that meant he averaged a goal every 121 minutes (Source: BBC). So while there’s no denying the attacker’s talents, it doesn’t automatically mean he is an ideal signing for the Hammers.

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