There has been a buzz around West Ham United this summer and it is easy to see why after a progressive 2015-16 and the move to the London Stadium.

Much of the talk around Slaven Bilic’s men has been the pursuit of a new high-profile striker to lead the club forward into a new era and take the team to the next level.

Although countless names have been mentioned as West Ham targets, failed attempts to land Alexandre Lacazette, Michy Batshuayi, Callum Wilson and Carlos Bacca have all been confirmed in recent months.

Jonathan Calleri’s 12-month loan stint will give Bilic another option to lead the line, but I can’t help thinking that a perfect solution for the Clarets was available, proven but overlooked.

Christian Benteke is on the verge of sealing a move to Crystal Palace for a reported £27 million fee, bringing a forgettable solitary season at Liverpool to a close.

However, despite being linked to the Belgian number nine, West Ham do not appear to have made an offer for him – but why?

Certainly Benteke’s reputation has taken a dent over the last 12 months after his switch to Anfield did not materialise.

But, the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent remains.

In his days at Aston Villa, the former Genk forward proved that he had what it took to score consistently in the Premier League and for a team devoid of much attacking inspiration no less.

Over the space of three seasons at Villa Park, Benteke netted 42 goals – despite suffering a serious injury in this time.

Nineteen goals in his debut campaign where followed by 10 and 13 respectively in the following campaigns.

By way of comparison, West Ham’s best striking option, Andy Carroll, has not hit double figures in the Premier League since 2010-11 and lacks the pace and clinical ability of the Belgian.

The focus this summer for West Ham has seemingly been to land a striker from the continent – someone exotic and with a reputation abroad.

However, if it was the Clarets penning a deal to land Benteke, not Palace, the Hammers would look like a much more dangerous proposition this term.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It would have been a huge mistake for West Ham to sign Benteke. He is a lazy player who loses interest easily IMHO. Good luck Palace, you have been warned.

  2. West Ham are not and never have been the “Clarets”. Oh, and Benteke is useless. The class is permanent analogy doesn’t hold water. Remember Fernando Torres? Apart from that it’s a great article.

  3. 27 Million for ben would have been a gamble. He had a terrible season for Liverpool and confidence is smashed! Had 2 great seasons for Villa but was found wanting when asked to step up another level for Liverpool.
    I’d rather buy Bony for 25 Mill

  4. I have to disagree with Brian and Dan’s tweets and wonder how they are the basis for a lame story if we had wanted Benteke we would of made am offer for him I personally am grateful we didn’t coyi not coyc ????
    P.s sorry if I’ve offended Brian or Dan everyone has a right to an opinion it’s just unfortunate that some bellend thinks they can Base an article on their expert testimony ????

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