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Opinion: West Ham should gamble £12m on 26-goal striker

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Finding a consistent source of goals has been an issue for West Ham this term which record arrival Sebastien Haller has been able to patch, but not solve, at least for the moment.

The Frenchman has scored seven Premier League goals, outscored only by Michail Antonio, who doubled his top-flight tally to eight against Norwich City. The duo have three matches remaining to ensure at least one Hammer hits double figures this term, even so, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Moyes must look for attacking alternatives in the summer.

One option who West Ham are reportedly interested in is Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos. The feisty Columbian has accrued a reputation as being a liability after receiving seven red cards during his two seasons at Ibrox. However, it has been suggested he is now available for £12m, and West Ham should not let perceptions put them off the 24-year-old.

Morelos has a phenomenal record for finding the net in the Scottish Premiership, finding the back of the net on 43 occasions in 84 matches. His strike rate of 0.51, means that the Columbian striker has scored a goal every other game while in Scotland and his performances suggest he could be ready to travel south and terrorise Premier League defences.

It is not just domestically where the 24-year-old has shone either, Morelos has been a dominant presence in this season’s Europa League, tied with several other players for the competition’s golden boot on six strikes. His exploits on the continent have put Morelos in the shop window for onlooking clubs, scoring twice against Champions League regulars FC Porto, along with a double against BSC Young Boys and a brace against Feyenoord.

Furthermore, the striker has been trying, with mixed success, to put to bed his reputation for picking up needless red cards. Morelos has been sent off just twice this term, a dramatic improvement on the five times he was sent walking last season. Furthermore, both of those have been for picking up two yellow cards, but the fact he has now been sent off in Old Firm derbies in consecutive seasons, suggest he struggles to keep his cool when it matters most.

Morelos has never struggled to be composed in front of goal though, and he would certainly add to the firepower at David Moyes’ disposal. The concern for any potential suitors will be the strikers’ reputation for making early exits. Still, given his reduced price, West Ham simply must gamble on Morelos as he has the potential to take the attack to the next level.

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