West Ham United in bidding war for €35m-rated former Blues flop
West Ham have made a move to bring in Juventus centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain on loan this campaign as they look to solve their front-line problems. The Hammers have sold Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez this transfer window while Andy Carroll’s contract has expired, leaving them extremely short up the attack.
Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill are now the only centre-forwards left at the club, with the Mexico international also being linked with a move away, with Fiorentina interested in his services. West Ham United have moved to solve their problem by making a bid to bring Argentina international on loan for the campaign with an option to buy.
Bianconeri reportedly want that buy out clause to be worth €40m as they look to recoup some of the €90m they spent on the striker in 2016. Gonzalo enjoyed two successful campaigns at Old Lady, scoring 55 goals in 105 matches from 2016-18.
Higuain was then loaned out to Milan for the first half of the 2018-19 campaign and to Chelsea from winter onwards. His performances in the Premier League were disappointing for the London club fans as he scored only five times in 18 appearances across all tournaments.
The 31-year-old centre-forward has reported to Juventus’ summer training camp to work with new coach Maurizio Sarri, who managed him at Napoli and Chelsea. Maurizio and Argentine striker have a good working relationship, but it is believed the club are willing to let him go this transfer window as they hunt big names signings like Matthijs de Ligt and Paul Pogba.