West Ham will surely only sign Rangers attacker Alfredo Morelos as a last resort as they reportedly have concerns about his bad-boy reputation and disciplinary record.
The Daily Star reported on Friday that the Hammers were looking for another forward in the transfer window after signing Sebastien Haller and that the Rangers forward had emerged as a cut-price option, as he could be available for around £10million.
The newspaper claimed that while Morelos may be available for a lower price than previously expected, he was valued at £20million last season, the Hammers had concerns about his reputation.
Morelos picked up five red cards in his 2018/19 campaign, which is four more than the whole of Manuel Pellegrini’s side racked up combined in their latest Premier League campaign. (Source: Premier League)
This stat clearly shows how the Hammers are a well-disciplined side as they’re not picking up needless red cards, so it’s no surprise they’re put off by Morelos’ disciplinary record as he could change that.
However, after waving goodbye to Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll then it’s clear the Hammers need to welcome another attacker despite already adding Haller to their ranks.
Morelos has proven himself to be a prolific force in his latest campaign as he scored 30 goals across the 48 appearances he made for Rangers, and on average he scored a goal roughly every 132 minutes (Source: BBC).
So he could potentially be a goal machine for the Hammers if given an opportunity.
When you consider the Hammers had to break their transfer record fee to sign Haller for £45million, as per BBC, then perhaps a cut-price option like Morelos is all they can afford.
Given their need for a forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they go in for Morelos if their budget is now limited, but when you consider that the Hammers are already concerned about the 23-year-old then he’ll surely only arrive if they miss out on other targets.